Originally Posted by bobperry
My guess is that you would lose that bet/race. I think you'd have to give both boats comparative sail inventories to prove anything.
Well actually no, I don't think so. If you gave them the same inventories the faster design would win every time, but we all know that, so it doesn't prove much.
What I was getting at was that I suspect there are many under-appreciated factors that contribute to "speed" (or lack thereof) besides the initial design and weight of gear.
I'm imagining some smug "fast boat" owners that think their boat will outperform anything afloat when in fact they aren't doing everything they can to make it fast. Meanwhile I'll try and stay smug in the knowledge that my boat wins in the "comfort at anchor" race.