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JackSFogbound

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H 23 weather helm
Just bought an old Halcyon 23 bilge keel sloop, she has quite a wearther helm !
I'm working through the factors that I'm aware of;

Hull for and aft trim (any guidelines would be appreciated)
Rig fore and aft trim -mast rake
Old, blown out sails (don't appear so)
Sail trim
Help!
Jack S
Halinda

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Hello Jack . Firstly what did you sail before the halcyon?
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JackSFogbound

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My last boat was a 12' catboat, but I have had various size and rig boats. It seems excessive to the previous owner of fifty years, and he added a bowsprit!
Thanks for your response
JackS
ravingmadroy

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I had a massive genny made for mine big mistake so much weather helm it was not fun , went back to a normal genny , much better and with the roller reefing nice to sail, it also improved once I changed the bilge for a Fin
Good luck
Halinda

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Ok so pretty much the same as myself ,i had 20 degrees of helm above a f3 and it was awful i have since made some changes that have improved it. I had my genoa reduced to 110 percent didnt really do alot ,added a skeg aft ot the keel (which i feel is too far forward)and that helped a bit . So the mast should be bolt upright and the rig tension not too tight , fore and aft trim just take a look on a calm day use your waterline as a guide . sail trim and reefing  is imprtant on these little cruisers get it right and they sail quite well (i can get just shy of 7 knots with a good breeze ) but accept that they are a bit helmy
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JackSFogbound

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Thanks, everyone, got a good handle on it now!
One more thing I'm going to try is adding a winch for the halyards. Sailing alone I've never been able to get the scallops out of the jib or good vertical pre-sheeting wrinkles in the main. Had a friend aboard and got them tight. Reduced helm by half!,
Thanks again
JackS
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