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post #5 of Old 08-13-2011
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Google "PHRF rating explainations", set your snooze alarm and start reading. It refers to an arcane rating system that mainly probuced boat that had fat mid ships and pinched bow and sterns. Most of the were a bitch to control downwind and needed larger crews on the gunnels for anything resembling stability. Within that rating system boats became non-competitive quickly as new boats found new ways to exploit the rating system. 3 or 4 year old boats that originally did well in class soon became the dogs of the fleet in races as newer boats came on scene.
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