Originally Posted by armchairsailor
My Albin Ballad has a keel stepped mast and a skeg hung rudder
Yes. The Ballad
has a keel-stepped mast and a skeg-hung rudder.
30 albin ballad 181
has a deck-stepped mast and transom-hung rudder.
28' ALBIN CUMULUS 28 - Warren Trafton SYRI
Both boats were intended for coastal sailing and racing, but either would be fine for passage-making with a few simple modifications. They are over-built Scandanavian cruisers with outstanding reputations for upwind work and impeccable manners. The Ballad is slightly faster, but for all intents and purposes, these are interchangeable boats.
Bob Perry speaks highly of them, having owned a Cumulus and sailed on Ballads: "Stiff as a church" was one description he offered.
The boats suffer somewhat on downwind headings due to weak D/L and SA/D numbers. You will have to pile on the canvas to get them moving. The Ballad's sailplan is optimised for IOR, meaning a small, high-aspect mainsail and large, overlapping, masthead genoa. Most Ballads had no roller furling. Some shorthanded passagemakers don't like large headsails because wrestling them on the foredeck at 3AM is dangerous. OTOH, some tropical passagemakers employ headsails only
downwind, so that would work fine.
Neither boat would be my first choice for doubling the Horn, But I'd sail most places in either quite happily. In fact ... I fully intend to!
Crazy Swedes on Ballads:
YouTube - Balladen S/Y S√§lta
YouTube - Kryss i kuling
And some Germans on their Atlantic crossing (part of a series called "Journey in a Cocktail Shaker
YouTube - Balu auf gro√üer Fahrt - zwischen Kapverden und Karibik - neunter Tag auf See