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Re: Is bigger always better? Nordica 20

My ex wife swore to me that size doesn't matter but then again she is my ex so maybe "DUHH" it does. I sail a silly little 22' er and am realistically looking to move up to a 50 plus foot gaff schooner. The simple truth is that this is America where bigger is always better, so yes size matters
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Re: Is bigger always better? Nordica 20

Finallybuyingaboat,
I read in your post when you were considering purchasing the Shark that it came with wood spinnaker poles.
I am searching for a wood spinnaker pole for my classic 23' wood race boat Crusader. I race with a Shark spinnaker and borrowed aluminum pole so the dimensions work for me. any chance you can part with your ol wood pole?
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Re: Is bigger always better? Nordica 20

Bigger is almost NEVER better, unless "bigger" is merely a consequence of something else that you want and/or need.

That is, need standing headroom for a 6-footer? Hard to find that in a 20-foot boat, so you need to go bigger. Need three staterooms? Hard to find that in a 25-foot boat, so you need to go bigger.

But bigger just because you want bigger? Then the 1970s pop-psychologist in me says that you're probably just trying to compensate for your other short-comings (if you know what I mean).
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Re: Is bigger always better? Nordica 20

AncientTech, you said your friend with the Nordica 20 had to get used to how it handled in foul weather. What did you mean by this? I have heard that Halman 20s don't have a deep enough draft to head upwind and tack in a chop of over3 feet and have to be gybed. Is this the problem your friend has? I thought Nordicas had more draft and were better upwind and in heavier seas. Please let me know what you meant.

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Re: Is bigger always better? Nordica 20

CSTPT,

Did you go bigger or do you still have your Nordica? Do you know what AncientTech was referring to when he commented about his friend having to get used to how a Nordica 20 handled in foul weather? Can you point and tack very well when heading windward into chop or do you have to jibe? That is the problem I had with the boat I just sold, a Crealock 23 ft Clipper Marine with a twin keel draft of 2'4" (Log in). But with its flat bottom, downwind it was a speed demon.

Any info you can provide on how a Nordica handles, in all kinds of conditions, is greatly appreciated.

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Re: Is bigger always better? Nordica 20

For us it wasn't so much we wanted bigger . It was we wanted to stand up when below.
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