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post #10 of Old 09-08-2002
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What is the difference between a coastal crusier and a bay b

All this anecdotal "proof" proves absolutely nothing.
Nobody here has seen enough to eliminate the skewing of results caused by uncontrolled factors.
Only an extensive statistical analysis, or full-scale, carefully controlled tests will conclusively prove which underbody type is inherently safer, and then only for the exact configuration actually tested. Is anyone aware of any of the naval architecture institutes conducting any? I didn''t think so. They''re probably too busy to bother with sailboats. And it''s too expensive for recreational boatbuilders, In any case, The ocean is irrestible enough a force and the earth is immovable enough an object that any hull can be breached like an eggshell and any bolt can be broken like a matchstick. If you want the best hull for a grounding, it won''t be wood or fiberglass.
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