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Re: Weather Helm
I have no experience with that boat, or with any full keel boat.
But I can tell you that adjusting the rake on my own mast by 4" made a huge difference in weather helm. Factory spec for my boat is 4" rake. First year the rake was 12", and I had huge weather helm. Second year I tightened the forestay down to 8" rake (as far as I could adjust), and it was a little better. Third year I made some turnbuckle modifications inside the furler drum to bring the rake down to 4", and it's very well balanced.
I still get rounding up above 12 kt unless I reef, but I get to hull speed well before that. I have a light boat, so early reefing comes with the territory.
My main point is not to underestimate the importance of proper rake on the handling characteristics of the boat.
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
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