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post #4957 of Old 10-14-2013
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Re: Interesting Sailboats


I have not seen any figures for ballast as of yet. I do agree that the base wt seems heavy in regards a true performance boat stand point. Get it into the low to mid 4KG area, along with some sail area, approaching 65-70sm, and draft closer to 2-2.2M, and then yes, this would be more in the performance range, or what I would call a race/cruise boat. Heck, my boat at 6500 lbs has 540sq ft of sa, for a total of 24.x-1 fully up and running. Std 100% triangle is 18-1.

FOr where I am with ave winds in the 5-15 range, one needs a reasonably light boat, low wetted surface area, along with a tall rig to get full sailing benefit of the wind. A deeper keel, with a lead bulb, total mast ht in the 48-52' range would be ideal at least around here! To me it is better to be reefing or reducing to a smaller LP% jib in the 10-15 range, than worry about in the 20 knot range as some "BS's" boats do.


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