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Re: CS 36 Merlin mast rake
We have some CS Merlin owners/past owners here, they should be along shortly ....
Generically, however, the amount of weather helm you routinely experience is a good indicator if your rake is too much or too little. If the helm loads up heavily going to weather in a breeze you may need less rake, but if lee helm or neutral helm is more common you'd need more.
If the boat 'feels OK' under sail close hauled then it's probably more a matter of trim and/or bend.
In addition, the condition/shape of the your sails will also contribute..
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Last edited by Faster; 10-03-2014 at 10:37 AM.