What does "Heel" mean?

Today it means: Leaning angle of a sailing ship.

The heel of a sailing boat is the angle to leans over due to the effect of the wind on the sails. Most boats are at their maximum efficiency when the boat is heeled at 20 degrees. Any more than that then the boat is being over-pressed and sails must be eased to bring it back upright again.


By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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