Sailwind - Basic Gametips

By Lunar Eclipse (John)

That is only a record of helpful information I’ve discovered whereas enjoying, that I assumed can be good to know from the start. For those who would reasonably determine these things out whereas enjoying, which is extra enjoyable for some folks, come again after getting some playtime in to study what you missed.

Common suggestions

The compass works from the stock, and is seen even at night time. The steering wheel is usable whereas doing this.


The fishing pole is usable throughout any job, that means you possibly can solid, then trim the sails or set your course, when you catch one thing, the pole will flip in your arms.

The Spyglass

I took me an embarrassingly very long time to determine that you might want to scroll to zoom with the Spyglass.

The North Star

If the navigation information confused you, simply do not forget that the north star is the second star in a brief chain of 4, with the fourth being furthest from the others.


For those who have been too lazy to search for the Wikipedia article on tacking, right here is the hyperlink:

And here’s a small snippet I assumed was essential, even when you already know learn how to tack.

“Favorable tacks “lifts” and “headers”

When beating to windward, typically your required vacation spot though nonetheless within the no sail zone, shouldn’t be aligned straight upwind – to the attention of the wind. On this case one tack turns into extra favorable than the opposite – it angles extra carefully within the course you want to journey than the opposite tack does. Then the very best technique is to remain on this favorable tack as a lot as doable, and shorten the time you might want to sail on the unfavorable tack. It will lead to a sooner passage with much less wasted effort. Your total course then shouldn’t be an equal zig-zag as within the diagrams above, however extra of a noticed tooth sample. If whereas on this tack the wind shifts in your favor, referred to as a “elevate,” and lets you level up much more, a lot the higher, then this tack is much more favorable. But when the wind shifts towards you and makes you fall off, referred to as a “header,” then the alternative tack could develop into the extra favorable course.”

Not my phrases, examine the hyperlink above for the remainder of the article.

Weight Administration

When your ship begins to record, particularly throughout storms, you possibly can transfer cargo to both aspect of the ship to alter the middle of mass. More often than not this is not essential, but when full sail is making you tackle water, this lets you keep full sail in tough climate. Relying on how a lot cargo you will have, its very doable to over do it. I’ve discovered a single crate of copper does the job completely.

Bear in mind to not overload the boat, its very doable to make the boat sit low within the water, making it vulnerable to storms.

The Aestrin Ship

The Aestrin ship has has just a few benefits and drawbacks. It is largest downside being the shortcoming to make use of each sails within the shut place, leading to gradual speeds going upwind. The principle sail solely produces thrust a little bit greater than midway between the shut and beam attain positions, as a result of the sail can solely rotate 45 levels to port and starboard.

Within the picture you possibly can see the climate vane has steel prongs indicating the max rotation of the principle sail. Mixed with the steel wind indicator this makes it a lot simpler to inform if the principle sail would catch any wind. That is helpful as a result of the principle sail takes ceaselessly to rotate.


So far as I can inform, solely the Aestrin ship has this type of sail, so this solely works on this ship. The ahead sail has two sheet winches. For those who tighten the winch reverse the sail all the way in which, the sail will produce reverse thrust as a substitute of ahead thrust. The principle sail additionally does this if used backwards, although it would not produce as a lot thrust. This works solely within the shut and beam attain positions.


For those who tighten the sheet winch reverse the ahead sail to the shut angle, then tack and do the identical with the opposite, you possibly can tack forwards and backwards with out additional adjustment.

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