Arwen's meanderings

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. My name is Steve and i am the lucky owner of a John Welsford designed 'navigator' named Arwen. I built her over three years with the help of my father, father-in-law and two children. She was launched in August 2007 at Queen Anne's battery marina in the barbican area of Plymouth. This blog is a record of our voyages together around SW England.
Arwen has a YouTube channel of her own. Search "plymouthwelshboy".

Monday, 11 May 2015

More on weather helm

Simeon gave me a good web link

Apparently we don't talk about weather he ml in polite sailing circles....sorry guys! Major phoopah!



Stuart said...

A little weather helm is MUCH better than lee helm as the man says. Better to come up in to the wind than broaching (I think!). It may be noisy, but you have a few moments to decide your response. WH be wearing, but only if you stay on the same tack for a long time.
In your comment the other day about how to stop, having a go at heaving to is well worth the practice (although with your experience, I'm sure you do it all the time).

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Rubbish... plenty of weather helm in my boat... :o))

steve said...

I was being slightly tongue in cheek guys
Heaving to is done regularly in Arwen

Alden Smith said...

The best helm is a balanced helm, where the yacht steers herself for long periods - some of these old designs (usually deeper forefoots, longer keels than modern designs) that did self steer still had enough 'feel' in the helm to make steering enjoyable.