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Re: water,water everywhere
Sorry for being thick, is it keel or deck stepped.
Randy's boat, R3 is keel stepped. The 1980's era First 42 had 3 mast options as to height--Short, 2-Spreader; Standard, 2-Spreader; and, tall 3-spreader--and 2 options as to footing--keel stepped; and, deck stepped. The keel stepped masts tend to have difficulties with leakage to the interior of the yacht although with persistence, these can be largely overcome. Some claim the keel stepped masts allow for greater tuning and hence better speed than the deck stepped sister-ships. However, our deck stepped version seems to be as fast as our neighboring sister-ship with the keel stepped version (we have the same I & P measurements) when we are both flying the same sails and we and our neighbor seem to have equal skill managing/racing the yacht. In either case, the yachts are very fast compared with yachts of similar size. We both tend to walk away from the fleet following the start of a race and are well away by the 1st mark such that we essentially raced one another. Our neighbor now has his boat in Trinidad, having sailed her down last year, so we are without competition.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."