Question on weather helm
Was trying out deep thought. Jemma and martins new boat
Heel - always a bad thing. Flat is the answer!
Yes, I think something goes beyond flat is fast with this boat I could only ever get the full potential out of her on a two sail fetch, upon which point of sailing she devastated any other boat.
The rudder may be all the way down, but is it vertical? Mine wasnt!
As I say seems more sensitive than my winder to heel and the mast seems quite forward but will have a look at heel
I can't remember Deep Thought being particularly sensitive to weather Helm. Although she did have a lifting rudder, my weapon of choice was a fixed rudder from Milanes. Interested in Ben's comment regarding her speed on the two sail reach-I always felt that she was quickest on a three sail reach. Must have been a question of sailing style...
i'd say it's definately a rudder head/stock issue and that the blade is a mm or two off vertical. The test is does it have enormous lee helm when heeled to windward? Rig balance should only do weather or lee helm, it can't do both at the same time.
Gee you learn new things all the time in yottin
Make sure you keep your tail out of the water!
After using the salcombe ferry last year. It's not for dogs was terrified scary or wot
I purchased Deep Thought from Chris and had her for a number of years. I never found weather helm a problem as I sailed her with the fixed rudder that came with the boat. When I sold the boat to Ben he changed the rig to a carbon hog stepped mast and somewhere along the line a lifting rudder was added. Probably the problem lies with the rig or the rudder.
Does heavy weather make a difference to weather helm? Raced her twice yesterday and trialled once (with lifting rudder)in light winds and there was no weather helm to report? She is a lovely boat.