Trimming the boat

This refers to the balance of the boat (trimming the sails refers to the setting of the sails). Trimming the boat is to do with the distribution of weight within the boat. The crew and helm will effect how the boat sits in the water. Normally the crew and helm sit together in order to keep the boat balanced. If you sit too far forwards the bow will sink into the water and too far back the stern will create drag. Normally the boat should sit as it has been designed - flat in the water. However, sometimes in high winds it pays to sit back a little and encourage the boat to plane. Likewise in low winds you sit forward a little to reduce the drag of the flat stern.

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