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Old 03-19-2003
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Easy Question

You''re right, the weight of sail can significantly raise the boat''s center of gravity, one reason that instrumented full sized cruising boats often have significantly less stability than a simple stactic analysis might imply. As you note this means less stability, both initial and ultimate. It also means more rolling through a wider angle and with that the likelihood of an excitation capsize. Increased rolling also hurts performance by disturbing the airflow across the sail.

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