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I dont see material helm pressure (weather or lee) as ever desireable, as you will be losing boat speed in correcting it. Minor weather helm can be a plus in that it contributes to some helm feel upwind and makes staying in the groove easier.
A big question about the significance of weather helm is whether you are steering with a tiller or a wheel. A plus of a wheel is that it provides some leverage in dealing with weather helm, and permits no-stretching steering while sitting on the comfortable weather side. With a tiller, weather helm can be a killer on the back and shoulders, as 10-20 minutes of two hands pulling the tiller to your belly leads to asking someone else to drive...
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Last edited by sailingfool; 02-01-2012 at 02:32 PM.