Originally Posted by WDS123
Good work !
Another argument for Bill Schock's " shallow bilge - strong hull" design philosophy. Bill recognized that cutting a hole in the hull diaphragm and creating a deep sump and then attaching a keel to the sump was flawed:
1) this is an inherently weak structural design with the biggest loads (keel) having plenty of opportunity for weak joints. The hull diaphragm is weakened by a big hole where it should be strongest.
2) big sump means needing to make the keel wider to fit a pump in there - wide keel = slow
3) big sump hides lots of water and lots of potential issues. Newport discovered a potentially catastrophic situation precisely because his S30 doesn't have a huge sump where water collects out-of sight out of mind. Newport found the root cause of the leak a d repaired it immediately because the shallow bilge hides zero water. Imagine if instead, Newport had a boat with a sump that held 15 gallons of water deeply hidden under the sole....he would not have know he had a serious leak until he would be outside !
LOL! Seriously dude! Do you see every post as an opportunity to make some kind of sales pitch for your company? Do you honestly believe that any yacht designer would chose to make a fat keel just so he could have more room for a pump in the bilge? I am sure the shallow bilge is more a result of the cabin sole being structural liner, and the desire to maximize headroom within the designed hull, more than a concern for not "hiding water"!
By the way, Bill Schock did not design the Santana 30, Shad Turner did.
I agree with you that the Santana 30 is a solid, well built boat but trying to put some kind of positive spin on every aspect of the boat, or slip your advertising videos into any thread you can just makes you come across as some kind of used car salesman!