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Old 10-27-2006
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The speed of a boat is a factor of a lot of different things. Visit http://www.image-ination.com/sailcalc.html for some calculators and comparisons. Theoretical hull speed can be computed just using the length of your boat at the waterline. But what is the length when you're heeled at 30 degrees vs. 5 degrees? Things change. A heavy displacement boat may take more wind to get you up to hull speed. The Tartan 37 you mentioned above is more of a performance cruiser (racer/cruiser) while the Cabo Rico is the complete opposite - a heavy offshore bluewater boat. A boat that's good for bluewater cruising will *generally* be a slower, heavier boat and not be as good for coastal cruising in light air. A lighter displacement coastal cruiser will be uncomfortable (and in many cases, unsafe) to cross the Atlantic in. Just my two cents...
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