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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
Concerning the discussion of the modern design as contributed by JeffH, Perry, and PCP: I have delivered 3 different Tayana 37’s off shore. I’ve also delivered and day sailed an Alajuela 38, an 80+ year old Atkin, Ingrid design. The Alajuela 38 is, without question, the faster, more comfortable sea boat. Yes, the Tayana 37 has all the better numbers; D/L ratio, SA/D, prismatic coefficient, wetted surface, etc. Everything is better, except it is slower. Perry got the shape wrong. As he has done on other designs. Simply designing to the formulas doesn’t do it.
A few months ago, PCP stated some performance data for his New Bavaria 38. The data showed it to be on par with an Atkin 36.
In many of the discussions by JeffH, “motion comfort” of the modern design is touted. In my experience, I have to say “No Way”. The lighter, flatter bottomed boat pounds FAR more than the older, heavier, good designs. This, to the point where many human beings simply can’t take it. What is acceptable for a day sail, during a weather window, is not acceptable for 2000 miles. I believe if Perry and JeffH actually did a little long distance voyaging, they might word their praise of the modern designs a little differently.
For what it is worth, I like the Tayana 37. It is a fine long distance cruising boat. A very viable option. But it is slower than the 80 year old Alajuela 38 design.