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Re: Low Rider
Actually, I was suggesting removing everything aft of the midpoint (and temporarily putting it on the dock). That will give you a basis for evaluating if too much weight aft is the problem. You can just move gear forward, and that may fix it too. But when I was writing, I was more interested in seeing if you can get the boat light and even keeled, using a systematic approach.
As I'm sure you read in Sailnet, there is a big tendency to load boats up with a lot of gear. I think that Shackleton had less stuff than some people seem to have crammed on their boats. So my interest was in seeing whether you can get your boat floating properly, then add gear systematically. On our boat, "get rid of stuff" is a mantra.
But as fallard observes, the boats with long overhangs have less buoyancy, bow and stern. So while they look lovely, there are limitations. This is why you really want to keep the weight low and off the ends. Of course, an anchor stuffed in a hatch in the middle of the boat's cabin will do you no good, so you have to compromise.
As an aside, our boat is bow heavy. I've removed everything I can forward of the mast (except the anchor) and she's still about 1" lower than I'd like. I have a funny feeling that the mast is leaning a little forward of where it should. 65' of aluminum and rigging a degree or so off vertical would be enough to put the bow down an inch. But when we have a race crew in the cockpit, she floats nice.
Sabre 38 "Victoria"