Originally Posted by JonEisberg
Right... So, in the Real World, the graph in Figure 3 constitutes 'PROOF' that a boat like a Valiant 40, sailing in flat water in 11 knots of wind, when suddenly stuck by a gust of wind possessing roughly half the force of a 48 knot gust, will wind up with its mast underwater, and its keel in the air ???
All boats are different. I'm sure a Valiant 40 would be harder to knock down than a Hunter 40. Maybe it would take 40% more energy to knock a cat down to 90degrees as it would to knock the Valiant down to 135degrees. Maybe with the Hunter it would take 60% more energy. Get the drift?