Originally Posted by HMoll
This is a link to a clip of a 350 that was featured on Sailing Anarchy highlighting the "massive leeway" evident in the video. You start to wonder if the port tack 410 was having similar control issues, but what is evident in the video is what happens when the Elan's chine digs in beyond "ideal" heel, adding flotation aft. Maybe not loosing rudder control, but maybe the shape is lifting the keel too much out of the water, loosing the groove?
Hans, I can see very little regarding the boat upwind potential except that the boat is bad sailed with two much canvas and is trying to avoid another boat.
When of the things that I think it could be better on Elan 350/360 is the B/D ratio, taking into account the torpedo keel and draft. Sure the boat works well, as a huge form stability but gains little in RM if it is heeled a lot and can lose effectiveness in that situation. That is not typical of this boats but typical of inexpensive mass market cruiser racers.
Having a much bigger B/D ratio would imply a stronger hull and a more expensive boat. That's the case regarding the A35, or the JPK 10.10. That's one of the reasons they are faster and also one of the reasons why they are more expensive