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post #14 of Old 06-03-2011 Thread Starter
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Okay guys/gals I finished (see pic) the boat and sailed her twice since she got wet. I flattened the sail to no avail (still had weather-helm although less) I opted for my original thought of leaning the mast forward and increased my 'J' dimension by approx. 2" (+1.3%) by moving my furler connection a little forward and leaving the forestay (mainstay) the same length resulting in a <1.5 degree deduction in the mast to deck angle and therefore leaning the mast more forward than what it was. This resulted in an almost balanced rudder at 45 degree to apparent wind and being able to steer the boat from the tiller with one finger instead of two hands in a 20 knt wind last weekend.
Problem solved she is sailing without tiring the skipper and/or autopliot.

Skipper E-J
S/V "Sailmates" 1973 IRWIN 32 Classic

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