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post #5 of Old 09-28-2007
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Does it work?

Haven't looked at the spreadsheet - yet - but I doubt it. I could probably (maybe) create a similar spreadsheet with a list of totally unsuitable boats that has made successfull ocean crossings and hence the output will evaluate the MacGregor as the perfect Blue Water boat. There's so many variables involved, that it is next to impossible to collect enough data to be statistically significant. We still struggle with understanding exactly how boats react - Velocity Prediction Programs using sophisticated algorithms, and running on extremely powerful hardware still do not provide the EXACT number for a particular design. So there's still a lot to learn. I believe that is true for desirable characteristics for a bluewater boat too. However I also strongly believe in listening to advice from people such as Hal Roth and other "old salts"? (Including all the grumpy people here on sailnet )
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