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Weather Helm: Desirable or Dangerous
While weather helm has an effect on many boats, some say that they like a little bit,others say "no way". Weather helm can act as a "dead man's" switch where if you fell overboard the boat would head into the wind and stall, or it can take your boat into a crazy dive windward that strains the steering , your arms and your nerves. Having less weather helm allows your boat to self steer, balanced between the load on the sail(s) and rudder~keel. Is there a balance between too much and too little weather helm and is there a time when it's dangerous rather than desirable.