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post #790 of Old 03-09-2011
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I don't think you'll be seeing a huge upgrade in average speed unless you sail in heavy conditions with a lot of cloth out. I've never sailed your boat, but I would imagine that you would have a lighter "feel" of the tiller on an Opium (for example). Load it up however and you have the same problem as you have now. A boat that is no longer light as a feather and therefore acceleration and feel will suffer some. I'd suggest you look at what you carry as payload on your current boat and what that would mean on a new boat - if you are anywhere near 75% of max payload of a planing design, the performance is likely to suffer. It's like trying to pack 8 suitcases and a ski rack on a Lotus Elise.
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