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Weather helm and Weight

Spent about 6 hours on a single beat at the weekend, 3 of us sailing a Beneteau 36.7.

One of things we noticed was the massive effect of where the non helmsmen sat on weather helm. With both crew forward of the mast it was possible to completely neutralize the helm, with both in the cockpit (and a full tank of fuel below our feet) the boat was a trying to head up hard in the gusts.

Just thought I'd share it, as I've always focused on sail trim first up to now...

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