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Old 04-22-2010
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So I looked up data PHRF data on the two boats in question. I nearly fell
over when I found that the Bahama Islander Older and Heavier boat is faster...
Is this right?


















































Class\Type
Lowest

Handicap
Highest

Handicap
Average

Handicap
ISLANDER
BAHAMA 24
246 270 258
ISLANDER 24
BAHAMA
258 273 264
CATALINA 22 FK 249 279 267
CATALINA 22 ODR
270 276 270
CATALINA 22 SK 263 279 270
CATALINA 22 WK 267 285 273




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Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
Check the polar diagrams. That will give you a rough idea of how a well-sailed boat will perform under various wind speeds at various points of sail.

Another way to compare boats, at least on a rough basis, is to look at their PHRF ratings. The higher the rating, the slower the boat.

There really isn't a lot you can do to enhance the performance of a boat. Other than keeping excess weight off the boat, fairing and smoothing the bottom and keeping it free of growth, keeping your sails in good shape, etc... but the basic speed of a given boat won't change much.

Some designs are just going to be much faster than others... Multihulls are a good example of that... trimarans, and to some degree catamarans, are going to be faster than their monohull counterparts.
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