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Re: optimum heeling angle

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Originally Posted by Bradhamlet View Post
I was told this happens because you increased the water line length. Is this not what keeps sailboats form going really fast? Length of water line?
On a boat with long overhangs, heeling will increase the LWL, thus increasing theoretical hull speed. However, in light winds one is unlikely to get anywhere near theoretical hull speed. In this case, I think Jeff_H nailed it -- a slight heel will lower wetted surface and thus overall drag.
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