Freehand stiffening up the helm...?

I had a Monitor on my Lyle Hess 30. It worked well but was really
ugly on the boomkin. When I was booming along under storm trysail
and reefed staysail, it became more attractive…

I wanted a freehand but I heard that the boat steered like a truck
with the trim tab in the water, and also they just weren’t easy to
buy at the time. At least with the Monitor, you can get it out of
the water when you aren’t using it. The guy that now owns my boat
put a freehand on the boat. He said the helm became unbelievably
stiff when hand steering. Also he had the lower bronze casting fail
a couple of months ago. The freehand sure is prettier though.

RJ

We have a Pardey style windvane with trim tab.  Following are my observations about rudder control:
 
1.  Under sail, input into the rudder does not seem to be affect by the trim tab - locked or unlocked trim tab.
 
2.  Under motor, we adjust the angle of attack of the tab to counteract the prop wash vortex on the rudder.  Even when we do not adjust the trim tab when motoring, input into the rudder is only slightly affected.
 
3.  If the trim tab is not locked when motoring, input into the helm is rather high, i..e "stiff."
 
The Freehand self-steering system works.  The proof is in the number of passages which have be made with the unit.  As with all system on a boat, the unit has its pros and cons as does the Monitor, Cape Horn, Wind Pilot, Fleming, etc.
 
rod
 
 
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From: wwj5555
Sent: Thursday, May 13, 2004 6:44 PM
Subject: [bcc] Freehand stiffening up the helm...?

I had a Monitor on my Lyle Hess 30.  It worked well but was really
ugly on the boomkin.  When I was booming along under storm trysail
and reefed staysail, it became more attractive....

I wanted a freehand but I heard that the boat steered like a truck
with the trim tab in the water, and also they just weren't easy to
buy at the time.  At least with the Monitor, you can get it out of
the water when you aren't using it.  The guy that now owns my boat
put a freehand on the boat. He said the helm became unbelievably
stiff when hand steering.  Also he had the lower bronze casting fail
a couple of months ago.  The freehand sure is prettier though.

RJ