I have not read the SCA article yet-it's in the pile! I've read Mr. Vigor's seaworthiness check list elsewhere though.
One area I've not heard discussed, because we really should be talking about boats, not who and how they're sailed, is the debate over stiff versus tender. In my opinion, we reflexively opt for stiff and overlook the stresses such a boat endures as well as her crew. Tender may produce the more sea-kindly motion alluded to earlier. I do not have a boat in this race, but am interested in Mr.Ganier's and other's thoughts on the matter.
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