mast rake and weather helm
I've heard different things about mast rake aft. Doesn't raking the mast aft (eg with forestay extender) decrease your weather helm? Does tightening the shrouds (shortening them) also decrease weather helm? I have snug rig cut sails and seem to have more forward rake on the mast than I want. 28'7'' with no forward tension on the mast. My shrouds also have more than 6" play and I seem to have more weather helm than I would like going to windward, all things being adjusted with sails, crew weight and position and main eased some if need,etc., to decrease weather helm. Would shortening my shrouds take care of all of this and get better rake aft and more shroud tension? I appreciate any insights and experiences.