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PHRF average is 285, which puts it slower than the Balboa 20 or ComPac19, both famously pokey boats. But who cares? All sailboats are slow. You can pay $10 million for the latest canting-keel, carbon fiber racer and go as fast as ... a person on a bicycle. So once you get your head around that, it becomes a matter of HOW slow a sailboat is -- and more importantly, how slow it feels. A Hobie 14 is slow, a Sunfish is slow -- but they sure feel like they are ripping along. Helm response, acceleration, heeling, pitching all contribute to a boat's feeling of excitement. Hard to advise on that.
From the picture you posted, I'd say the mast is short and the mainsail very small, roachless. Can't even see the purpose of that first set of reef points. Long spreaders and jibsheets outside the shrouds suggest it's hard to get a fine slot between the sails; that'll rob your power. It's a beamy bugger that carries its width well aft, so it'll be stable but with some drag. Cockpit looks comfy, nice fat rails to sit on, looks like a recessed traveler mid-boom. Appears well set up and ready to sail. I like it. If you can arrange a test sail, see if it feels heavy or quick.
Edit: just noticed the red boat in your first post lacks the traveler; may be set up for boom-end sheeting. on this boat, I'd call that a demerit. Not a huge one, but still.
Albin Ballad 30, Fionn
Last edited by bobmcgov; 09-24-2008 at 08:34 PM.