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post #7 of Old 07-05-2011
nolatom
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I'm going to take a wild guess here and say that with 1200 pounds of keel ballast underneath (by subtraction) a 2000 pound hull, you're going to have an extremely difficult time capsizing her (meaning she goes way over, mast in the water, and won't recover). She may heel way over if you are 'making' her (meaning too much sail not eased enough, or getting caught aback, or some kind of jibe-broach deal downwind, or the like) but the boat *will* recover if you will just let her (and you had your hatches closed to avoid downflooding).

What sometimes happens in the debacles mentioned above, is the crew on a lightweight boat doesn't/can't hang onto the high side, and fall to lee (or in an accidental jibe they're now suddenly on the low side), the worst possible place for them, and for the boat's stability. Crew weight placement is a big factor in boats less than, say, 7000 pounds or so.
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