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Brian Duff

I am thinking it has more to do with the hull trim than rig rake ( in that the bow-down boat moves both the depth of keel shallower aft and the rig rake forward). The fact that the lee helm is the same regardless of which headsail is up says that the very small bit of adjustment available in the forestay/backstay turnbuckles will not help anything I think. Seldom does on anyboat.

I think you are on the right track though, more weight aft, and a roached mainsail maybe too...

I was hoping another owner has a battenless sail and can confirm this produces good helm when the boat is on her lines , as in moderate weather helm... as all boats should have.

I guess I need some lead trim ballast !?!

Brian Duff
yacht rigger
www.southboundcruising.com

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