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Ok, how about a McVay Bluenose Sloop? Jeff_H, anyone?
OK... I have not sailed on a Bluenose, but was following the thread regarding the discussion on S/D ratios, designs, etc. I really enjoy the discussions here.
I took a look at the only pic of a Bluenose I could find, and it reminded me of an Ensign, which I found to be a nice sailing boat.
But following up on the design portion of the discussion, I was wondering how the Atlantic Class boats were able to sidestep much of the issues that were brought up. They have a realitively fast projected PHRF of 170, sail well in light air, moderate breeze, and I have been out in 30kts in them. It was rough, but then 30kts in a J24 is no treat either. No, it is not offshore capable, and no overnight capabilities either. But I have always been amazed at their speed, grace, and all round sailing abilities.
Long, narrow, low freeboard, huge overhangs, keel hung rudders, no engine. But here they are, an over 75 year old design, still in production and actively sailed and raced.
I would assume that this means that to every set of "rules" there MAY be exceptions. Sometimes not, but by putting all "types" into the same basket, you may pass up on a gem.