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Originally Posted by GeorgeB View Post
Mark, out of mild curiosity, what was your heel angle when you were experiencing excessive weather helm? As said earlier, try easing the vang to depower the main. This raises the boom tip and puts twist in the sail. On boats with travelers, you would be lowering the traveler instead, which changes the angle of attack instead. You will definitely want to route the vang back to cockpit. May I suggest you terminate it in a cam cleat instead of a clutch or Spinlock? I find that the line runs through a clutch much too slowly. There will be a time (like broaching) when you want to release tension immediately. Part of the joy of new sails and rigging is “dialing in” the boat. Great excuse to go joy riding around the Bay. We’ve been laid up most of the summer with a broken stem fitting so I am jealous – looking for another winch monkey?
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