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MAX EBB — A CHEAP BOAT to flop over to one side or the other. But, like, the hydro force on the rudder blade, and its effectiveness in keeping the boat going straight, has nothing to do with where the axis of rotation is loated. 'Til you try to scull with it, that is, but that's a different question." "Why do you think we have so much helm, then?" I asked. "Will I have to change the tuning to rake the mast forward?" asked the prospective owner. "Nah. It's 'cause we're heeling a little too much," Lee said. "Imagine the boat being towed by a towline around the mast at the spreaders, approximating the center of forward thrust from the rig. Heel over, and the force is applied way to leeward of the hull, so naturally the boat tries to turn into the wind. Heel angle hass like, a much bigger effect on helm balance than mast rake." "I always thought heel affected weather helm because of the pressure on the low side of the bow," I said. "A good theory, but incorrect," pronounced Lee. "Consider a surfboard. It turns into the heel, so by that theory a

heeled boat with a light, shallow surfboard-like hull would have less weather helm when it heels, not more. And that's wrong."


t was time to tack, and as soon as the jibsheet was off the semi-functioning

I shudder to think how much it's going to cost him before the dust settles. winch, and we could stay on the new tack and sail off the wind for a while, Lee popped the winch's retainer clip off and lifted up the drum to have a look inside. "For sure, pawls are stuck," she said, shaking her head. "Not hard to fix. And like, for the other side, I know a big boat that's replacing a halyard winch. I'll bet they'll be happy to give it to you. It's a little bigger, but will do the job."

"Won't it bother you that the sheet winches will be different on each side of the cockpit? With different gear ratios and everything?" "Heck, no," my crew shrugged. "As long as I have two working winches, what's the difference?" I didn't have a good answer. "I guess if you don't care if the winch on the port side matches the winch on the starboard side," I admitted, "then a project boat like this one might be economical. But I'd still run away if I were you." We managed to get the boat back into its slip without incident. Two days later, the berth was empty. My crew had taken the plunge. I lost a good crew, but maybe — if he can get the bottom clean — we'll have gained a boat in our beer can fleet — although I shudder to think how much it's going to cost him before the dust settles.


s Mark Twain once said, "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way." — max ebb

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The June 2016 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.