Well, the first thing to do when going to put a slab in the main is Kicker off, topping lift on, so that gets done before I go forward to put the slab in. I do adjust my kicker... not as much as when racing but it does get adjusted. Same with the outhaul..... outhaul on upwind and eased offwind....It's easy, it works and it's free. Cruisers tend not to bother but 0.2 or even 0.5 a knot adds up considerably over 24 hours.
Originally Posted by ProDave
As has been previously mentioned, you are just lucky not to have to adjust your topping lift. I've sailed another boat like this but in my experience, most aren't. Also if you wind on a load of kicker it might want easing.
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