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post #4 of Old 11-04-2003
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Taipan 28 - How well offshore?

I don''t know these boats first hand but from the ''numbers'' this is probably not a very good offshore boat. To begin with she has a very short waterline length which would mean a rolly/pitchy motion given her beam. With her wooden spars, narrow beam,low ballast ratio, low density ballast (I believe these boats were ballasted with concrete and scrap iron), comparatively shallow draft, and heavy teak interior (and on some boats teak decks)they would have a very high VCG and so would be a tender boat as well. With her high L/D, low stability, and short waterline length she would be limited in the amount of gear and supplies that she can safely carry. With her short waterline length she would be slow meaning that she would need to carry a lot more stores than a faster boat on a longer passage. They have very small fuel tanks and moderately water tanks and no good place to place additional tankage where the stability of the boat and/or primary storage would not be further compromised.

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