Originally Posted by DoomDahDoomDoom
Looking at the PHRF of the San Juan 24, it doesn't seem to be in the same league as the boats I've been looking at in terms of speed potential. The 28 looks promising though.
There is more to the PHRF rating than looking at it for speed potential. Some boats sail to their ratings very well while others are very hard to sail to their rating. If you want to be in the winners circle more often look for boats with winning PHRF ratings. Around here that would be the Ranger 26 (210), and the Shark (269). Although they are not necessarily the first across the line they win a lot of races. I would look at what other folks (who win) have in your area. It is so much more fun racing similar boats or boats with good ratings.
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar IV, iii, 217