Center of Lateral Reasistance

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by Don Case, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. Earl Boebert
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    Earl Boebert Senior Member

    Interesting. Most free sailing models, especially on the West Coast of the USA, were trimmed to carry substantial lee helm. For a Braine gear boat, this was done to prevent the boat from heading up and going into irons on a gust; it was better overall to sail lower. For a vane boat, lee helm meant that the wind pressure held the self-tacking vane "broken back." The big advantage of the vane was that it enabled the boat to point higher. For those who want more information on self-steering models, see:


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