Originally Posted by Sailor-man
...I've noticed several of the new production boats at our club with short drafts 4-5 feet seem more skittish in moderate winds, and more prone to drift almost like a powerboat.
Sailorman, I'm curious about this observaton. Can you tell us what keel boats drift "almost like a powerboat" ? I can see a maybe a MacGregor 26 doing that since it's more of a powerboat hull than a sailboat, but what seriious keel boats are you talking about ? Or are you talking about a displacement powerboat ?
I've sailed keelboats down to about 3' draft and still not had the kind of experience that you describe. Having a displacement hull combined with a keel automatically puts a sailboat of even shallow draft into another handling characteristic than a typical powerboat.