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These so called Colin Archers vary widely. True Colin Archer designs are pretty rare and the interpretations rarely got it right as they scaled down his designs. The thing is that the original Colin Archer designs that these boats derive from were brutally heavy because they were working water craft working with big strong crews in bruital conditions.
Their enormous weight and tremendous drag meant that they needed huge sail plans to sail worth a darn.
That does not translate all that readily into an easily handled yacht. To make these boats easier to handle the sail plans were scaled down so that you end up with a underpowered rig on a low performance hull form resulting in boats that were slow, docile, and bear to handle for a short handed crew in heavy going, and useless to try to sail in light going.
But of course, it all depends on the specifics of the boat in question.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay