Originally Posted by bobperry
Really, Out. Can yo explain a bit more why double enders have a "speed downwind" problem? That's a new one on me.
My take on that is Outbound's point is entirely consistent with the current ruling by the Court of Public Opinion.
My sense is that this majority opinion is based on the performance of many double-enders (by other designers whose names will go unmentioned) , which are more prone to squatting as the boat approaches hull speed than a fuller sterned transom boat might be, making it harder to achieve a semi-displacement mode on those particular double-enders.
The reality that you well know, but the members of the jury in Court of Public Opinionare less likely to be aware of, is that it is possible to design a double ender stern that is not any more prone to squatting than a transom sterned boat, but that comes at the price of slightly more wave making at slower speeds somewhat negating the widely circulated theories by a certain late designer/lecturer, whose initials cooincided with the traditional marine abbreviation for a toilet, about why a double ender might possibly be a little safer in a following, almost breaking sea.