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I've definitely noticed a change in 'feel' as you pass through and in & out of eddies in the presence of strong currents, but through-the-water speed is what it is, I don't think it should change the helm's feel if it's a consistent current.
However truly consistent current is pretty rare in our experience.. any time we're in significant current (say over 2 knots) there seems to always be random turbulence so I suspect what you're feeling would be the ebb and flow of eddies on the rudder.
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