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Brian Duff

So our new boat, nee Fleetwood Sun, sails with wicked lee helm. our last three westsails have had varing degrees of weather helm, but not this boat. As far as I can tell the rig is the same, although I haven't acutally measured it. It does not have a factory rig, as the boat is a kit that was shipped to england and finished there.
The boat has a battenless mainsaail, but full foot length. The helm is about the same weather we have a small yankee, regular yankee or super yankee up. Only without a sail on the jibstay do we have weather helm, but then we are underpowered.
This may be due to having no engine, so the boat is up in the stern a bit, although we have 300' 3/8" chain and a 60lbs CQR back there, along with two 8d batteries and both water tanks, she still sits with the bow bobstay fitting just underwater.

Anyone else have a battenless mainsail? Have lee helm?


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