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Re: Full or fin keel?
Didn't know there was any boat that will sail to weather at 35 degrees in open ocean where there is 2 meter or better slop. Even the Mason 44 could sail to 35 degrees in front of Port Townsend or the Hood Canal, but never under ocean conditions, there sure is a big difference. Now that we know there is one boat out there that can sail at 35 degrees in open ocean does anyone else know of more?
A modern performance cruiser, if it is specially good going upwind can do that providing it has enough wind. Last year I had a very enjoyable sail between Islands making 6.5K against 1.5/2.0 m short period waves with 18K apparent wind pointing at 27/28º. In the Atlantic, even with bigger waves, but with normal ocean waves (and not those nasty ones you have in the Med) I would be pointing probably the same but doing 7/7.5K.
Hannah, sailing a modern performance cruiser has its advantages
...as well as its disadvantages. Pointing and speed are the advantages. A more limited carrying load capacity a smaller tankage and a bigger draft the disadvantages.
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