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Re: Full or fin keel?
What I am saying is that the Carrack was a huge step back and we didn't develop a sailing vessel as well designed as the Viking longship, again, until around the 1800's. There was a gradual change from the carrack to the brig, but it took a long time. And brigs aren't exactly models of performance.
Yes, there were some, small traditional craft, like the faering, but ship development, as a whole was set back. Imagine how things might have developed differently, if the launch point, for development, had been the longship and not the carrack.
The longship has a lot of features of modern performance sailboats: the narrow entry, the wineglass cross section, the shallow draft ( of the actual hull, not the underwater foil ) at the mid section. If you cut a longship in half, it would resemble some of the new racing boats. Definitely a better platform for sailboat design growth than the carrack.
That's what I am saying.
Yes I understood what you have said but you are mixing things. Carracks were merchant ships. Till 1800 there was a continuous evolution in what regards sailing boats all around the world. You are talking about this type of boat:
The evolution was huge. All these sailingboats are from 1400 to well before 1800:
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