Originally Posted by Valiente
Originally Posted by Jeff_H
There seems to be a variety of things happening in yacht design. Some offer an improvement in sailing ability and comfort and some don''t.
The sailing ability that is emphasized in modern yacht design is an attempt to emulate racing boats....theoretically faster than the guy in the next slip, but takes alot more work and is hard in rough weather.
The interior has long been designed around the "average sailor" which in the US is a husband, wife and kids keeping their boat in a marina doing weekend coastal cruising with the interior design to satisfy the housewife (we all know who controls the purse strings).
Americans like to have a dedicated room for sleeping, so the marketing industry came up with a large Vee berth....absolutely the worst place to be below in nasty weather.
Full keel doesn't necessarily mean slow