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Originally Posted by Daveinet View Post
Why don't more manufacturers, or even more accurately, why doesn't the general public demand more information on boat performance?
Most people don't care all that much. If the opening shot in an advertisement is a boat's interior--common to Hunter's--performance isn't the selling point. Some class and owner's associations compile Polars.

Originally Posted by Daveinet View Post
...Last question, can one sail a water ballasted boat with no ballast in light winds? In other words, if the wind is under 10mph, or maybe even 8 mph, can one just leave the ballast out, and make the boat perform much better, or even partial ballast? In theory, an adjustable ballast would be very desirable if it worked.

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