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post #32 of Old 03-03-2010
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The boats designed by Carl Alberg have proven themselves time and again. An A35 lay ahull in the same storm that killed, what was it, 14 sailors in the Fastnet Race in '79. They had the "newest" IOR designs, many of which were and are difficult or impossible even to get to heave-to, forcing them to run with a storm down the faces of breaking waves--a REALLY BAD idea. Modern boat designs with fin keels, retractable keels, multi-hull, etc. are certainly faster and more convenient than a classic full displacement hull but to equate the safety of this proven design to an old broken bike is ridiculous. Many of your most popular modern boats are built as cheaply as possible with thin glass, keels that fall off, spade rudders that catch every piece of debris in the water, and many mechanical contraptions to break down... but they have pretty galleys and impressive equipment for sitting at docks. All the technical parameters such as capsize ratios and comfort ratings show the Alberg (and other)type full keel designs to be among the safest.
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