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Re: B345 Shoal Draft Performance
The PHRF rating means for each mile the deeper draft boat will be 24 seconds faster in theory.
Your analysis correct in that the upwind performance will suffer as might the overall stability unless they have managed to get as much lead in the stubbier keel as the deep one.
It might mean you motor a little more often if you are fighting a current or heading up wind. Or you might just get home 8 minutes later if you sail 20 miles one day. I don't think I would buy a shoal draft boat because I think faster is better but shallow water is few and far between on the west coast. If a deep draft boat would limit where and when I could go places i would have to think about it.
West Wight Potter 14 "Lemon Drop"
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