I hope I'm not flogging a dead horse here
I just aquired (dec 2001) a 24' (28 with sprit) wooden gaff cutter based on an expanded picaroon design(SamRabl)
a sweet and very traditional boat, no winches, belaying pins on pin rails
two head sails and a gaff main
I know cutters generally can't point as high as a marconi rigged sloop and also
this is a 24' (on deck) boat with a 9.5 ' beam with a tallish cabin.
I am however new to keelboats, but not sailing so much having sailed dingies avidly and often for the past few years.
i was wondering if I want to try to keep this boat as close to upright(like a dinghy) as possible when beating to windward
I was finding it hard to make progress (it took much longer)
As I seemed to drift to leeward a lot
Is this a result of excessive heel or the windage of the boat
Or it's stout dimensions
Or perhaps all the factors above
Any helpfull suggestions and or ideas?