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Re: Open letter to yachtdesigners of the world
First of all I would like to make it quite clear that this is all about a family cruiser for long distance voyage, e.i. Scandinavia/Europe to the West Indian Islands. As you know, gentlemen do not sail towards the winds. However, If the occasion should arise, as an act of good, it is the captain that have the full responsibility. We are certainly talking about ocean crossing. This voyage should be done in some style and comfort, and the woman aboard would definitely demand door to the head. We can establish that Finger Lakes is not the place alone this yacht should be designed for. However 9 knots half wind isnít all that bad, without modernized hull under the waterline. It should be fun to sail everywhere. There is never a problem to sail away, they usually starts when heading back home. Big circle route from Florida to north or south of British Islands. This suggests that she is to be built in a way, so that she actually can take on some wind. Some, even over the bow. And in extreme cases handle a breaker. I do think, you by now, have realized that Iím talking about an all-weather boat and big open sea, where survival is the most important. That is why Iím desperately looking for a yacht with a decent keel-weight ratio. The southern parts of the Baltic Sea have a particularly choppy sea. Many Big ships have learned that the hard way. I believe the same goes for the Great Lakes.
Tacking with this boat isnít a problem, since the Jib is the only sail you have to bother about.
So how many of these old-timers have blister-damages, leakage in deck and so forth, frost damage due to water in distance material, or just weak distance material. Cracked up interior, due to violent hobby-horsing, and insufficient hull strength.
What Iím trying to get across to you, is the following question: Is todayís yachts the optimal work tool for extended cruising, family style.
What is wrong with aluminum composite as a building material?