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post #7 of Old 04-24-2013 Thread Starter
theonecalledtom
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Re: Weather helm and Weight

See - adjusting halyards, cunningham, traveller position, outhaul, adding twist in high winds, flattening sails in more normal winds, tightening the backstay (I'll admit to not playing with the forestay much, rig tuning is something I plan on working on learning this year) etc are my normal go to controls. What I'm saying is that, for my slightly fat, 12k lb, 36ft fin keel boat the biggest single effect on weather helm so far, other than reefing, has been moving people around on the boat.

Thank you Gary Jobson for listing this as one of the primary WH controls.

Interesting point on stern wake RichH - in the video here we're sailing unbalanced as it was shot just before realizing the influence - can you tell if we're skidding?



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