I think that one thing to consider with performance cats and modern dinghies etc is that they displace relatively little so they are starting the process of planing at much lower speeds and with much less resistance. I remember the first "Sports Boat" that I sailed slipped onto the plane so quickly and easily I was not sure it had happened... its a fantastic sensation. If you are a heavy displacement sailor and never done it I'd recommend getting your tail on one of these things for a ride at least once and talk to the guys about "how they sail"... the rules change a little with these things (more like a stable dinghy!).
Last edited by MeanzBeanz; 07-24-2007 at 06:33 PM.