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Hull Speed

Lately, I have heard some sailors express the opinion that the design hull speed of a displacement boat only limits a boat''s speed when the boat is beating to windward, and that it is completely irrelevant when the boat is sailing off the wind and downwind. In the past, I was always led to believe that the design hull speed had a significant, limiting effect on the speed of a boat, no matter what direction it was going, and that the only thing that could make a displacement boat exceed hull speed is if conditions are such as to allow the boat to plane. Can someone enlighten me please?
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