Weather helm on half tonner

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by nemo, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. paulclan2
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    paulclan2 New Member

    deeper rudder

    Well done Citrus 76,

    I wish I'd had this info when I had Lady Shamrock, my Ron Holland Half-Tonner.
    I can see how 30mm on the leading edge could take some of the hardness of weather helm away in counterbalancing forces, and I expect the additional 150mm made vortex separation delay a bit longer.
    I was intrigued by the OP's information that rake influences the side which sucks first.Very interesting information.
    Rebuilding a new rudder from scratch resulted in great accuracy downwind, compared to the old (which fell off), as the tangs were one by one separating.
    There is a lot of life left in these boats,but the limitations downwind will probably frustrate those keen to excel.
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