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Re: Cat 25
Not exactly. Most modern sailboats, even those considered to be rather "heavy" cruisers, can exceed their hull speed under the right conditions. It is true that as a boat approached its hull speed more and more power is required to accelerate, but the relationship is not vertical. In other words, even at or beyond hull speed a larger power input (be it from you sails or from the motor) will result in an increased speed. The relationship just becomes steeper. I have had my Cal 2-27 going faster than hull speed on many occasions, and even cruisers can sometimes sail for days averaging speeds greater than hull speed.
OK, let's pick nits.
I don't disagree, but my answer was targeted at the OP's level of knowledge. He was asking if a blown out sail would go faster than a new sail, and the correct answer to that question is much more "no" than "yes."
I am aware that it is possible (and fairly easy) to motor beyond hull speed, though you'll burn a lot more fuel in doing so.
It is also possible to have the sails drive you beyond hull speed, but it is generally not comfortable, especially with blown out sails.
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
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1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)