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post #5 of Old 11-30-2011
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I have a very light 24 footer which steers like a dinghy with its tiller.

When I have had experienced keel boat sailors on the helm, I notice they are slow to react and tend to rely on the keel instead of the tiller to keep things trim.

Its unnerving to me while they hold still and the yacht heels in the gusts when I would point higher keeping her flat and fast.

Eventually I figured out its best to lay on the windward deck and have a sleep, after a few hours the new helmsman gets a bit faster on the tiller and figures out flat is fast.

Different people handle yachts differenty, if everyone was like me it would be a boring world. Don't overthink things.
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