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post #14 of Old 04-30-2006
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Something doesn't fly here. The B32 was never marketed as a race boat. That implies something more along the lines of , say, a J-boat. It was marketed as a cruiser/racer, with the emphasis on comfort. So the B32 is slow. We're talking about 6 knots, plus/minus 1 knot as compared to other 10 meter boats. It would seem to me that delays and re-routes because of weather, damage and subsequent lay-ups for repair, theft, temp.-work for money to pay for repairs and buy supplies, would all cause much greater delays than a knot of average speed. Also, the B32 is more heavily built, requiring fewer repairs in hull-related issues.
CCA boats are inherently more stable that dinghy-hulled boats.
The narrow stern Jeff criticizes also minimizes rounding up, an all-too-prevalent issue in wide-strern boats.
Hobby-horsing? Get real. Does anyone really think that in the middle of the ocean, a 5ft difference in hull waterline (B32 vs newer 10 meter design) is going to make a difference in rough seas? Either will hobby-horse.
Comparing race course speed to sea-going ability is dangerous. Check the capsize risk. Dinghy-hulls have high initial stability, but actually slow down when heeled dramatically. CCA boats live in the buried-rail range. Excessive heeling? Hah! Some racers actually add lead ballast to their lighter "advanced" newer hulls. Why? Added stability. They can run more canvas, and sail more aggressively, thus more speed, and they can actually finish the race. The B32 has a nice low-slung lead-filled keel. That means low CG, even full loaded. Load up with supplies in a newer design, you have a higher much higher CG, meaning higher instability, and it will sit lower in the water, despite having longer waterline length, so it will slow down just the same because the entire wetted length increases. In the B32 in particular, as she sits lower in the water, her net waterline length increases, which increases speed. This increase would be partially offset by increased wetted area, but slow the boat down?
Jeff must live in a race world because he keeps referring to race situation. The CCA boats were penalized and ran less sail area..... Hey, real world here. Have a CCA boat? Run more sail! CCA boats are much less sensitive to larger rigs than the dinghy-hulls. Lay on all the sail you can and get max speed for a given situation. If speed is what you want, a big rig and steep heeling will deliver. After all, it's racing, right? In rough conditions, you must pull the sails back sooner in a newer dinghy hull, but you need momentum to maintain directional stability. Kinda working against yourself there, huh? CCA boats hang in there longer, and will track better, especially when topping a wave. Stern-mounted rudders pop out of the water and a newer boat will suddenly be 45 degrees off course in a heartbeat. But a CCA boat should be the coastal cruiser?
It would seem Jeff advocates getting a longer boat to deal with rough water, but not everyone can handle the cost of a 50ft cruiser. So, while he says the short B32 is rough, everyone else I've read states the spoon-shaped bow, and sculpted stern contributes to a smooth, comfortable ride.
The newer hulls are great in lighter air, no doubt, but to run one in stiff winds, you need a well-trained crew ready to deal with a sudden variable gust, or rogue waves.
Stick with sea-friendly, forgiving manners and ease of handling.

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