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when does CSF make a difference?
Yes, there are definitely more sophisticated and more accurate ways of accessing a boat''s stability. My Folkboat had a very low (1.76) CSF. But that''s not where the boat''s stability came from . Fifty-eight percent of the boat''s weight was in the keel. My new boat is a Nonsuch 30. It is quite stiff due to its 12 foot beam, but in terms of reserve stability it has a CSF of 2.10. Yet people have sailed these boats in the nasty afternoon chop of Buzzards Bay, and in the often angry conditions of the Great Lakes (for which the boat was designed). By the way
is that discussion still on the J-boat site?