MAST HEAD VANE, ISLAND
The mast head wind vane will help you keep your Island on the best angle to the wind for better sailing. Helps you understand shifts in wind direction so you can adjust course or sail settings. Achieve the most performance and optimal course. Up on the mast head is the least disturbed wind flow, so the optimal location for a wind direction vane. As you sail, wind directions are not typically consistant. As the wind changes direction or ocillates, you need to adjust heading and or sail trim for best performance. Use the vane for rough adjustments and the wind tell tails on the sail for fine adjustments. This wind vane is designed for all Hobie Islands when not using a spinnaker kit. Simply slips over the mast head and tightens in place with a thumb screw.SAIL POWER: Watch the sail, pay close attention to the trim or adjustment of the sail. When the front of the sail, just behind the mast, luffs or flutters in the breeze, you lose power. To start moving, pull the sail in just enough to stop the sail from luffing or turn the boat away from the direction the wind is coming from. There are also short ribbons hanging on either side of the sail called tell tails. The tell tails react to air flowing over the sail and will help you see that the sail is pulled in too tight or too loosely. If you pull the sail too tight you will stall the sail power. The tell tail on the back side of the sail will drop or do circles. Ease the sail out until it luffs, then pull it in just a little until it stops luffing. You will adjust the trim whenever the wind changes direction or you change course.