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Re: Interesting Comment comparing two boats
A wing keel will dampen a lot of rolling. Weight in the ends can cause a lot of pitching. Any combination of either will make a big difference. If the IP has 200' of anchor chain forward, along with two or three hefty anchors, the diesel all the way aft with the prop set at an angle, pushing the bow down as much as the boat forward... it's like the balancing toy with the weights on the ends - it starts pitching and just keeps going. If the Catalina has 15' of chain on a nylon rode attached to a single Danforth up front, along with a beamy entrance that keeps the bow from dipping down easily and a propeller shaft set horizontally, so it pushes the boat forward instead of pushing the bow down, the two boats are certainly going to behave differently. The surprise is how people's perceptions (that the IP is more stable-gleaned either from hearsay or advertising) can alter their views of reality (that the Hunter was actually the more stable craft when the two are compared side-by-side). A lot also depends upon the direction the boats and the waves were going.
Last edited by paulk; 10-08-2012 at 09:05 PM.