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Re: Production boats- justified bias?

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Windward sailing performance is nearly as important as passage-making speed. On the other extreme, a very modern, light displacement boat with a flat entry may tend to pound when sailing to windward and may lack directional stability when sailing downwind with large following seas. The ability to sail off a lee shore in an emergency is dependent on windward performance.

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Windward sailing performance is nearly as important as passage making speed - I agree and I agree also that some modern boats have a problem here, not in normal conditions but with bad weather and waves. Even regarding mass production boats there is big differences. For instance an Oceanis 41 may have a problem with that, the Hanse 415, the Jeanneau 409 or any of the performance cruisers will not.

On the other extreme, a very modern, light displacement boat with a flat entry may tend to pound when sailing to windward - Yes, it will pound more than a boat with more rocker upwind in waves. Mass production cruisers more than performance cruisers that have finer entries.

light displacement boat with a flat entry ... and may lack directional stability when sailing downwind with large following seas. - - Assuming the boat is well designed and modern mass production boats are, this is a complete nonsense. Quite the contrary modern mass production beamy boats with all beam brought back are designed that way precisely to be more stable sailing downwind. The influence and knowledge comes from the open boats that are designed to sail downwind over 20K on autopilot.

The ability to sail off a lee shore in an emergency is dependent on windward performance. - That's obvious isn't it?

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Last edited by PCP; 12-27-2012 at 06:37 PM.
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