Originally Posted by Brooks
Capt. S - I don't think you will get responsive schooner steering w/o being able to adjust the main and jib(s) separately. Just looking at your ship, the rig looks pretty balanced to me. That means that it will hold a straight course, but also means it will resist turns.
You need to figure out a way to unbalance the rig to get responsive turning.
A bigger rudder might help, but you will always be fighting the wind
Brooks...I am beginning to believe that this is my problem too, however, I don't seem to remember it being so hard to tack when I first built her. Perhaps I had more slack in the gaff and driver sheets? I have removed the rubber bands from the clews of all sails....is this the problem? I had thought they were just there to provide shock absorbtion. If I were to keep the jibs tight and the gaff and/or driver a little looser would it make a difference? It seems that is the way my sailboat is set up (or is it just the opposite) and it works great.
Perhaps it's time to see what Philip has to offer for this problem.