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a few specific design questions
So, Someone pointed me to Roberto Barros'' Multi Chine 28'' ( http://www.yachtdesign.com.br/02_ingles/index_ingles.htm then go to stock plans, multi-chine 28), which to me looks like the best boat I''ve seen for what I''m looking at, however I''ve got alot of questions now, and things that I, in my ultimate wisdom think could be done better. Of course, I''m a kid who wants to build a sailboat, not a naval architect with years of experience.
In dealing with a designer, is it considered disrespectfull to ask why they did something?
Maybe some of the wiser people here could answer some questions for me.
Why is the traveler on the coachroof instead of aft of the tiller? Wouldnt this make singlehanding easier?
Why is the mast stepped on the Deck insted of the Keel? Wouldnt this make the boat more robust, and just run through the edge of the leaf table anyway, not realy affecting interior layout or usability?
Why a big headsail and small main? Is this supposed to be an IOR rules beater? Wouldnt a bigger main be easier to handle than a big headsail? (of cours, if the answer is yes, then the mast needs to move, etc.)
How about leading lines aft? can that even be done with the mast ahead of the coachroof? And if so, is there any way that the winches for the jibsheets could be moved forward so that they could serve double duty? Or would that be stupid, eg: if you had to winch on a reefing line (Do you ever need a winch to reef? I never have, but I dont know) while you were on a tack where that winch was in use by the jib etc?
On a positive note, that is the least questions I''ve ever had about any boat I''ve seen so far. The belowdecks looks like a great way to use space. a more sensable aproach combining aspects of 2 of the boats I like best below decks (the Catalina 270 and the Gozzard 31)
But as far as me asking these questions, and suggesting another way to do it, it''s a kid who''s been sailing for under 3 years challenging the design decisions of a naval architect. I feel like an @ss, but at the same point, I dont see why they do that. Anyone know the answers?
Thanks agian guys.