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Re: Interesting Sailboats
The TP52's are very probably the most succesful "box" designs, but only for fully crewed daysailing up- and downwind between buoys. Without a nice clubhouse to chill down and a good hotel to recover, few of these crews would ever make it two days in a row.
So let's be serious Bob, let's not compare apples and pears. There's box rules and box rules.
Unless we ever see a TP52 competing in the Route du Rhum or Vendée Globe, this design tells us very little about the possible advantages for fast but easy and shorthanded cruising, probably 99% of the boat market.