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Effortless Sailing with a Self-Tacking Headsail

With a self-tacking headsail it’s simple… when you go about the headsail moves across from one side of the boat to the other on its own.

There are no winches to grind. And there’s no rushing around deck on while you tack.

Tacking your Moody is as easy as turning the page of a book.

Advantages of a Self-Tacking Headsail

Advantages of a Self-Tacking Headsail

The obvious advantage of a self tacker is that your Moody is incredibly easy to sail.

It’s no problem to sail single-handed or with an inexperienced crew. If you’ve got kids on board one of you can always be free to look after them.

The smaller headsail does not get caught and damaged on the guard rails so it lasts longer.

And there’s no more heading up front to skirt the sail. On a traditional yacht with a genoa you keep having to ask your guests to move out of the way while you grind winches.

But on a Moody your friends can relax – they don’t feel they are getting in the way. Here’s a common question we get asked about self-tackers…

Does the Smaller Headsail Result in Compromised Performance?

Does the Smaller Headsail Result in Compromised Performance?

The straight answer is No!

…not when the self-tacker is part of the design from day one.

On Moody yachts the self-tacker is part of a high-aspect rig with a large mainsail.

In addition a smaller headsail offers a better shape… the jib is flatter so your yacht points higher.

When you tack you don’t need to let go or even loosen the jib sheet. This means the jib sheet stays taught and there’s minimal flapping of the sail. The result? …Moody yachts glide through the tack with minimal loss of speed. However for maximum performance…

The Self-Tacker Must be Integral to the Design from Day One

The Self-Tacker Must be Integral to the Design from Day One

On Moody yachts the self-tacking headsail is intrinsic to the overall yacht design as opposed to an after-thought option.

For example Moody boats are designed with the mast stepped further back and a high aspect rig plan.

For you this means a beautifully balanced yacht that’s easy to sail.

And How does a Self-Tacking Headsail Work?

With a self-tacker you have just one jib sheet.

The sheet goes from the clew of the sail to a stand-up block mounted on the self-tacker track.

The sheet then feeds up to the mast, back down inside the mast and back to the cockpit winch. When you tack your yacht the block simply slides from one side to the other as the bow goes through the wind.

Video footage of the Moody 41 Classic sailing on Pittwater

You’ll see how easy she is to sail.

And here’s some video of Moody 45 Deck Saloon ‘Cool Change’

Windcraft’s owner Peter Hrones took Cool Change up the Australian Coast for 3 months and loved every moment.

Curious to know more about Moody yachts?… here’s details of the Moody yacht design and build process