QB2 Posted April 19, 2013 Report Share Posted April 19, 2013 Can any AO owners or sailors confirm or deny a statement in a below post that AO 's may have an inherent steering and balance problem? That AO's have a tendency to lee helm. I have had steering problems with mine since purchase but put that down to having different rudders, an untuned sail and rig. I either had massive lee or weather helm but noticed especially on a beam reach that the cat would suddenly steer downwind. Just recently I had to use both hands on the tiller to stop massive lee helm pressure whether sailing to windward or on a reach during gusts. I have made many adjustments to the rig and rudder rake, angle and balance but can't find an effective solution. I couldn't figure out why with a balanced helm the rudders load up suddenly and the bows head downwind. It takes both hands to push the tiller away to steer up again. I have always thought the centreboards are too close to the sterns to counter the centre of effort force from the sail pushing the bows around. Has anyone moved the centreboards forward and where is the best location? I recently got new longer rudders to try to sort out the problem but if there is still a centre of effort balance problem I will have to again start from scratch. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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