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Well. I'm glad some of the myths concerning the W32 have been laid to rest.
I think Bob said it best all those years ago

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'In my youth I argued long and hard against the Westsail
type in order to attract attention to my own 'performance
cruiser' goal. I felt certain that the Westsail
suocess...was created by a myth ...... I remember one sunny day
reaching back from Catalina in a well known and performance
respected 40-footer. we slowly overtook a W32. we had about
20 knots apparent and the apparent wind was at about 65
degrees. This Westsail had a big drifter reacher up and it
was really moving along. It took us a painful long time to
pull clear ahead. I earned a new respect for the that, little
Westsail. `
I changed the bolded word.
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I forgot that but now you bring it up I remember that day well.

That was the day after I learned what a "sand line" was.
"Grab the what?"
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G:
I forgot that but now you bring it up I remember that day well.

That was the day after I learned what a "sand line" was.
"Grab the what?"
Is that like a traffic cone?

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More or less. More like a parking lane.
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NorCal YRA uses the straight regression formula for calculating PHRF. Very few boats outside the custom builds have highly modified numbers. I usually don’t see boats more than six seconds off of their calculated number. In my experience, the speed potential for “high number” boats drops off significantly when the winds lighten – much more so than the lower PHRF numbered boats. I think the issue is one of weight (other than ballast). Which I think is also the root cause of the complaint “my boat doesn’t sail to its number”.

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George:
I think you are correct. And that light auir advantage of the lighter boat is reflected in the lower, i.e. faster rating.

Over the last 35 years I have been consistantly surprised at just how close most initial, "provisional" PHRF ratings are to the actual performance of the boat. The data bank is huge now.

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Thanks for the input. I don't race and my boats aren't rated. But I observe that the modern fin keel boats that pass my heavy full keel ketch in light air struggle to keep up in a fresh breeze. They are also getting tossed about then while I'm making a sandwich with the helm lashed. I also enjoy quick lively boats, my first keelboat was 20', one ton, lots of fun. But the ketch is way more comfortable.
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For the record, and just so we're all clear, tubes absolutely smoke solid state, when it applies to the response given to my Les Paul. There's nothing left to discuss.
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Money:
I have two bass amps. One, John Eden, has tube pre amp and the other, my back up, a big Peavy lets you chose between either ss or tube pre amp stage. The Eden is so good I never use the Peavy but my son preferred it. For many years I used a big ol' Ampeg bass amp, SV, with all tubes. That amp still sells 40 years later.

For my office hi-fi amp I bought some exotic, American, "new old stock" tubes to replace the Russian tubes, Sovtec, that came stock. Not sure the Russian tubes were not superior but I left the fancy tubes in anyway. I should switch back some day and see if I can still hear a difference. It's all fun.
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I'm a huge "Eden" mark, but never owned one. As to the Ampeg, however, it was my #1 back in my bass playing days. I still, however, use my Peavey tuber every week with my LP. That thing is soooo hard to kill. As for the great "tube debate", I wouldn't know a Sovtek from a 60's RCA if I was staring at both! All I know is if they are glowing red or not. Even that is up for debate in some circles, lol.
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