Re: Lean and mean, or meaningless?
Beam or ballast, If you can't hold up to the wind you're not going to make to windward. Personally ,I go for the beam.but any extreme has its pros and cons.Most boats around here are all ready motoring as I go to yankee and staysail and drive her.The spray and leeway is just part of the ambiance. ..15 ft on 40 ft deck. but self steering and not trying to race.