"i seem to remember in one of your articles you wrote that you never want to be 'free of the boat'. can you expand on that thought?"
In an ideal world, you are either applying force to the rope (apex to centerline) or you're the weight at the end of the line (plumb bob concept) from centerline out to apex. This statement does not mean that you are heavy on the line from centerline out, but that you are a weight that keeps the rope in a straight line. If the rope is loose, you have come too far to the inside and are inside your optimal ski path. Most skiers come to the inside because they pull too long and are trying to ski too early in the course. The handle has a set optimal path for each line length. Our goal as skiers should be to understand that path and work to get as close to optimal as possible.