Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: But really, is it sailing, or?
Don't get me wrong. I think these boats are the coolest thing since (fill in the blank). The thing I can't picture them doing at present, is running down the face of a big wave or for that fact, beating into big waves. Given their great speed, pitchpoling is a major danger with any of these designs. The slightest miscalculation, the bow digs in and over they go in a heartbeat. What you don't see... YET is these designs punching through a big swell. Improvements will undoubtedly be forthcoming as the design of the hydrofoils evolves. For now though, a strategy that depends 100% on outrunning bad weather is not a viable strategy for ocean cruising.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.