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+1 for Mine's Bigger. Even though it's a Maltese Falcon book, Kaplan goes into a fair bit of detail about Mirabella V and Athena (since this is a Mirabella V thread).

My problem is (as though it matters in the slightest bit what I think of it) whereas Athena looks silly, and Maltese Falcon looks unconventional (and I'm being charitable there), Mirabella V is just too big. And not in an egalitarian "he's-earned-enough-money" or "how-many-people-could-he-have-helped" kind of way. It's just cumbersome. For example, if gybing makes you nervous, don't even worry about it on Mirabella V; she is forbidden from doing it by the insurance company. To go from a port tack run to a starboard tack run entails a 320°+ turn and a tack, a process which, if I'm recalling correctly, takes somewhere on the order of 10 minutes to complete.
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