Originally Posted by old-sailer
Umm... $1,000 to go 1/2 knot faster doesn't seem to me a huge advantage.
I think of all the other things I could spend $1,000 on like a rigid vang, new lines, solar battery charger to mention a few.
It's true, there are always priorities... but a .5-.75 knot gain in boat speed against 5 or 6 knots is a considerable advantage.. 10% or so. If you've already got the other things on the list, it's just another option...