I recently completed my 1940's mahogany veneer sailing canoe and have had a chance to give it a good workout on a week long camping trip in the Adirondeacks. the wind was up all week, often blowing whitecaps and on one afternoon sailing upwind in a gail in front of what turned out to be a severe thunderstorm with marble size hail! what I discovered is that I am having a hard time getting it to point upwind much higher than 20 degrees off of a beem reach, also I noticed that it will point a little higher in heavy air, maybe 25 dergees. It is a 16 foot canoe with 36 inch beam and a flat bottom. A 55 sq.ft. three batened lateen with 6 inches of roach on a fairly short mast which keeps the yard from peaking up much higher than 45 or 50 degrees, giving the whole rig a fairly low aspect. It has good lateral resistance with 48x10 well foiled leaboards and 18 inches of rudder 8 inches wide below water. Is there anything that can be done to tweek a lateen rig to get it to point higher? Is the angle of the yard critical? Are there other low aspect rigs that point up better? any input would be helpfull. Mike PS. would anyone like to join me to do some sailing off of Sandy Hook NJ. in September?