Hiking Strap Adjustment
Sailors can fine-tune the angle of the hiking straps out on the water for different sized waves, wind speeds, and body types. Strap tension can be adjusted to suit a range of sailor heights. Shockcords pull the straps inboard and out of the way when not in use.
Partially raising the centerboard downwind reduces drag and lessens the side load. The double-ended 2:1 system also allows racers to quickly clear the centerboard of seaweed and debris.
The traveler system uses all Small Boat gear and bearing systems. In light air, the 2:1 traveler adjusts the sheeting angle and the twist of the sail.
The 3:1 mainsheet system is tensioned via the swivel base in the cockpit and bends the mast. When the bend exceeds the sail's luff curve, the mast inverts and flattens the sail. Less bend increases the sail's draft. The Finn class does not restrict pumping in heavy winds, and the deadend on the boom allows a powerful 1:1 downwind.
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