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Long versus short overhangs

I was recently reading a piece on the Nor'Sea 27 by Ted Brewer (http://www.norseayachts.com/goodoldboat/Brewer.html) and he mentioned something that caught my attention.

Here's what he said: "Many sailors will argue that some of the old CCA-influenced, narrow-beam yachts, such as the Cape Dory 25D and the Bristol 27, are trailerable bluewater boats, but these vessels, with their relatively long overhangs, were not specifically designed for ocean work."

I've never thought (or read) about the length of a boat's overhang as it relates to seaworthiness and ocean-going capability. I suppose it makes sense that short overhangs with sharp entries would cut the waves better. But still, I've never heard this discussed among all of "bluewater" threads on this forum.

Any opinions, thoughts, or random ramblings?
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