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post #2165 of Old 11-19-2013
Brent Swain
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Great to see those wide side decks.
The walk thru transom has its pros and cons. Great access but eliminates the chance of a windvane on the stern. I once sailed a very unbalanced 36 footer across the Pacific with a QME style vane. Wandered a lot , but got me there. I hear they work really well on a Columbia 36 with a balanced rudder. While this boat is a bit big for such a rig , if it is very well balanced it could work, if the vane is big enough. It could be offset to one side of the transom .

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