If you're looking for "speed when you have to have it":
forget about a sailboat.
Practical difference is not is speed, but distance. (here comes the PITA in me...)
the major difference between 6 kts, and 7 kts issssss....(drum roll please)
1.2 miles. If is raining a mile away, you'll be getting wet soon enough.
If you're looking to out run weather you've already lost, You ain't outrunnin' the nasties.
So, if I'm out for 3 hours on a 6kt boat, and you're on a 7 kt boat, you'll get there about 33 minutes before me. (25.2 nmiles vs 21.6 nmiles delta 3.6 miles) call me crazy and paint me pink, I can live with that
If you're going to circle the bouys, then get out real big checkbook and start consulting with Alex on his one-off, or Jeff and his Farr.
I'll take Alex on a Formosa over some guy with a couple of years under his belt on a J/boat.
We are not primarily on earth to see through one another, but to see one another through
Some people are like slinkies: not really good for anything... but you can't help laughing when you push them down the stairs
Last edited by cardiacpaul; 05-21-2007 at 08:07 PM.