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Re: optimum heeling angle

Originally Posted by celenoglu View Post
A good rule of thumb is not to heel the boat more than 17degrees.
Depends on the boat. Older designs, with slack bilges, tend to tolerate more heel. Newer designs, with more rounded hull shapes (or even slightly flattened underbodies) tend to sail best more upright. It also depends on the wind strength and boat speed. Limiting wetted surface as much as possible helps more at relatively low boat speeds, but doesn't make nearly as much difference at higher boat speeds (where drag due to turbulence is much more important).

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