My boat is not a fractional rig. See
Montgomery Sailboats Owners Group
I am a new sailor, having learned on a home-built 8' Bolger "Nymph" catboat, I graduated to a boat with a lot more strings to pull and am slowing understanding balance/trim, at least as it applies to my boat.
I rarely fly all 3 sails, as I find the inner stay-sail not worth the work when tacking. The combination stay-sail and reefed main, however, is a terrific heavy weather
My foresail is 100% hanked-on and the little stay-sail has a wire luff.
Reading Lechter's "self steering
for small sailboats" - I note the he used a boom on his foresail, which provided (through some tackle) the mechanical means to control his tiller when the wind
is from the aft quarter.
My boat will self-steer before the wind
easily (tiller lashed) with the little stay-sail & reefed main. With the 100% foresail and main, the self steering
balance (before the wind) seems a little more difficult. It might be my imagination, but I find that when using my 100% fore-sail, the boat is better balanced with one tuck on the main. It might just be because it's sailing flatter (and a little slower)
I caveat all this by repeating the fact that I'm a new sailor and may not have yet grasped all the finer points of sail trimming! This sure is different than an 8' catboat!
Thanks for your answers!