My point, to which Paulo replied, was that I would not care to venture into a remote cruising destination with an underbody that featured a keel with as narrow a chord as a boat like the Hanse 415...
There's some pretty compelling reasons why you don't see (sensible) sailors taking boats with such high-aspect foils to places like, say, Labrador...
Sorry but I don't understand your point. It has all to do with the way the keel is fixed to the hull and the way the forces are redistributed. There are several thousands of Hanses out there, some doing the Hobart, others circumnavigating and I never heard about a single one with a keel problem. Several thousands of boats and you will not find any reference to keel problems in the google. Even so you thing the keels are fragile?
Looking to Hanse keel and to your boat keel what I see is an older designed less efficient keel in your boat and a modern efficient keel in the Hanse.
I would take a new Hanse in the right season everywhere ans even in the wrong season it seems to me that the Hanse 415 would be certainly faster and probably more seaworthy than your boat, since it is a bigger boat with a considerably bigger area under the RM curve and a good AVS.
I got an email from yacht designer Ed Joy, about something else, to which he added the following:
"I agree with the sentiments in your hull form article. Racers having great fun scampering downwind on their sleds are dreading the “fun tax” that must be paid when it’s time to harden up the sheets – not acceptable on a cruising boat."
I have seldom heard it said better.
This And That For December 2012
Oh, well... What would a guy like Ed Joy know about cruising boats, anyway?
After all it seems I was wrong and that you really believe old designed boats are better and more seaworthy than modern designed boats
So Ed Joy thinks that way, Yes he designed some beautiful boats, not many, mostly classic and of course everybody can have an opinion but the more successful NA, the ones that made major contributions to modern Yacht design would not agree and that's why they design modern boats, even bluewater boats the way they do. Not one but almost all of them (if not all major ones).
Regarding that story of old designed boats being better to bluewater cruising that don't make sense. Jimmy Cornel can explain you why. He circumnavigated several times in all kinds of boats and ended up having what you would consider an unsuitable boat with a pretty flat bottom and a beamy hull. He recommends that kind of sailboat to any blue-water cruiser (a beamy aluminum center-boarder).
Also some years ago the Shards had opted for a beamy modern boat to continue their wanderings and those two are sailing for many years on old designed sailingboats. They say wonders about the new boat. They liked so much that they have already changed it by a bigger one from the same brand.
Do you really think that all the top NA are wrong and you and Ed Joy right?
Of course nothing wrong in preferring to sail in a less efficient sailing boat, an older one, but that does not mean that new ones have not a better overall performance and that's why they are designed the way they are, even bluewater boats.