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Old 01-17-2012
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Weather helm on starboard, lee helm on port

So that's what I'd like to fix on my Catalina 27' Tall Rig sloop.

Tacking up wind, I have a nice comfortable weather helm on starboard tack, and then ~an equally strong lee helm on port tack. This is reproducible, and not do to changes in wind strength as I change tacks.

When I hauled it 2 years ago, the keel appeared nice and straight, nothing obviously wrong with the rudder, (the keep was so loaded up with barnacles it sailed lousy before that haul out, but I don't remember noticing this helm thing until this past summer).

I redid the bow spirit this past Spring, but it appears nice and straight-

And I've done a rough check that the mast is straight without any athwartship lean, just running a halyard to one side, then the other.

What else should I be looking for to correct the lee helm on port tack?

Thanks for your thoughts-
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