Re: Why a racer for cruising discussion...
Originally Posted by bobperry
Boy Brent, you sure do make some broad generalizations. They are not all accurate. My ICON with a big wide stern and a very fine entry tracks like it is on rails and is a very benign boat to drive. By the way ICON was designed as a racer/cruiser and had succesfully cruised all over the Pacific from New Zealand to Seattle. It has a very deep, 13'8" draft lifting keel. It is not your Grandpa's cruising boat but it is a boat that has done a lot of cruising.
Any race boat with "knee high lifelines" would nort qualify for any of the races around here or pretty much abywhere in the world for that matter. There are very strict International regulations for lifelines and pulpits.
Many years ago you told a friend of mine that asymetrical waterlines give better directional stability. The boat you designed for him ,based on that assumption, had none. He was very disappointed with it. He went back to building Spencers, which he had much experience with, boats with much finer sterns, and resulting good directional stability.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"