Originally Posted by thomm225
Also, if the weather helm
is too strong, you can ease the sheet on the main. Just remember, you can steer the boat with the sails
if it isn't to crazy out there which takes most of the load off the rudders. Some guys call it balancing the helm.
You can't if the racing skipper
says years of data say the boat is fast this way and we will be sailing the boat with that much weather helm. Some boats lose a lot of speed with a balanced helm.
I have a tiller, it's easy for me to feel weather helm, and I trim for not having excessive helm. On my boat I can lose nearly a half knot
with excessive helm when I'm close hauled. On the other hand on a reach it doesn't seem to matter how much helm I have, more sail, more helm means more speed. Since I'm usually in cruising mode I don't sail it that way.
I have another gage, my tiller is the right length that for the angles of interest, the tip of the tiller moves 1 inch for 1 degree.