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Re: Full or fin keel?
I like the new is better theory, except that like cars there has been a divergence in performance, and affordability.
Take the mustang for example. The 60's era cars have undeniably more HP and quicker acceleration and top speed than the same model built in the 80's,...why? The 80's car weighs much less and is built with a much more advanced engine with computer controlled fuel injection, it should blow the doors off of it's older counterpart, except is doesn't,...why???
It was designed and built, not to go faster, but to comply with the new regs that forced it to pollute less, and more safety equipment, and be cheaper, and easier to build than it's legacy counterpart.
So are the new cars better? Well for what? Is my new Honda better than my old Mustang? well it get's better gas milage, it is quieter, and easier to drive, it has antilock brakes, and air bags, and a much better sound system than the old AM radio. The bumper is a styrofoam block incased in fiberglass, instead of chrome and steel. If I clip my mailbox it no longer damages the mailbox, but instead disintegrates into a cloud of white dust. But weighs way less than the steel bumper, and protects me better in a collision.
I can cheaply drive coast to coast with no tuneup, no new spark plugs, and carb adjustments. I no longer keep a full tool kit in the trunk, with spare plugs, jets, carb floats, etc... Is it better??? I wouldn't want to race my old Mustang in it.
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