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Re: Bob Perry's take on Wolfenzee's dream boat
Jeff, while I agree with your premise (that a well-design boat from a lucky or talented designer does not have to change balance when heeled) I totally disagree with your ice cream cone analogy.
The analogy should be to a cheese wedge, a slice of cake, or something similar and NOT something with the symmetry of an ice cream cone. The effect of balance and rotation on a symmetrical body like an ice cream cone, will be totally unlike that on a "wedge" like a boat.
And when all else is daid and done, a well balanced hull, one that stays in balance in a wide range of conditions including heel, is still as much a gift from the gods as it is the work of any designer. Even Bob has said, onceuponatime, that he was pleasantly amazed at how well some boats balanced.