Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
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When I lived in Florida I used to be told that the rule of thumb used to be that you needed less than 4'-0", but in recent years people seem to be arguing that you can get by with as much as 5'-6" with some Florida East-coasters arguing that they have no problem with as much as 7'-0. Of course there is a serious loss of performance when you limit a 40 footer to a draft which less than 5'-6" let alone 4'-0", and severe limitations on where you can go as you approach 7'.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay