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Re: Learned something(s) today

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Originally Posted by JonEisberg View Post
Yeah, this could do wonders for one's performance under sail, alright...





Maybe just me, but it just seems SO much simpler to keep your lines/sheets from going overboard, to begin with :-)

It's not so much keeping your lines aboard; I'm thinking more of the junk that's floating around out there. Every time I go beachcombing, I find swathes of netting, and line ranging from monofilament fishing line to hawser an inch in diameter. A couple of years ago, I found 100' of 3/8" three-strand.

I don't know the effect on boat speed, but losing the use of your boat for a week will sure put a crimp in your schedule. The cage pictured above is a home-made unit. There may be more efficient low-drag designs available. Maybe our boat-designer friends know something about them? It would also be helpful if manufacturers had a drag-coefficient table for their products, wouldn't it?
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