Today was the sea trial on this Willard
30, and I am happy to report that the boat was a dream to sail. Well-behaved, well-balanced, not too tender
or too stiff, pointed *beautifully* very close to the wind
, just way beyond expectations! Thank you to everyone for helping me know what to look for. The new fully-battened main does not have much roach at all, so I was concerned that the reduced area on that sail would result in lee helm
...but in fact there was a very very slight weather helm
if anything! Mostly it was just superbly balanced (which would seem to validate those who thought that this change might have been made by the PO to correct weather
helm or some other condition). The boat was nearly effortless to sail even in light, squirrely winds. The mid-boom cabin-top sheeting was just fine, all very well-configured. Winds were very light. Even gusts did not get over 7-8 knots today, so no major stress test--but it all worked great and the boat surpassed our expectations especially in these light winds. We were moving along at 5 knots in such light winds, we were amazed. The few major gusts that we had did not cause any heel, so that's promising. If the survey
goes well, this will be our new blue-water home. Thanks again to everyone who replied!