Originally Posted by LakeEscape
Good review of some Good Old Boats.
nice article, also found this very informative web page (sailing for dummies?).
(add www to the following: ) catamaranvega.com/vega/sailing/01/theory.html
(sorry can't post links yet)
which got me thinking about the planing ability potential and stability of the boats I've been looking at
Beneteau 235: seems to be approx 2900, incl 800-900lbs keel (depending if fin or wing), so about 30% of total weight
US21: 1700lbs, incl 200lbs lifting keel, so 12%
Hunter 212 (#confirmed by Hunter CS): 1800lbs, incl only 130lbs swing keel , so only 7% of total weight ! (ouch! ...initially thought keel was 500lbs but CS told me that was on the 216)
Beneteau if theory would seem the most stable, but you can't beach it, which is a neg on Lake Champlain waters
that low figure on the hunter worries though as it makes me think it couldn't take a larger headsail without modifying the keel...or am assuming wrong?
it's quite a challenge getting all the specs for all these boats !!
As for planing, seems it depends on your lenght/weight ratio, but I don't know what minimums a boat would need, still looking for answers here...
P.S. anybody have experience w/ Freedom 21s? nice ammenities, 1800lbs incl 500lbs fin keel, 180sq ft battened main, 105 sq ft genoa, phrf of about 230-240 though...