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post #10 of Old 01-17-2007
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All this talk about plumb bows on a little 40 foot toy boat for real ocean conditions mean diddly.How high is the bow? 4 ,5 feet,you are sticking it in waves of 15 and higher.You don`t get chop in most ocean conditions anyway.If you hit an object like a log in the water and you have no rake in the bow it can`t push it down and deflect.Look at any 700 foot ship that is designed for rough seas and they all are raked.The bow stands 45` + feet in the air so it can take on 30 foot seas for a joke.With 4 feet up in 30 foot seas the difference is nothing,if you have 4 foot waves,sure.I`ve never seen a cruiser built for comfort with a plumb bow,but i`m sure someone will be able to convince them that this is some great new technology,which has been around for hundreds of years.If you sail lakes and sheltered harbors there is a performance advantage,but for average sea`s like a fly sitting on a 12 inch Ibeam,does it bend?The difference .......
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