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Re: lead in bow
I would have to agree with the earlier comment. Placing weight in the bow of a boat does nothing good for the sailing ability of the boat. I can only conjecture on why it was done. The possibilities would include:
-The boat was manufactured so that she sat down in the stern.
-More weight was carried in the stern than the design anticipated. This may may have been purposeful such as dding additional batteries or another water tank, but could also include a set of counter-productive multi-owner decisions. For example, one owner added a chain anchor rode so the boat sat down in the bow. That owner added weight in the stern to get the boat to sit on her lines. The next owner eliminated the chain rode and the boat sat bow up. But that owner did not realize that the weight had been added near the stern and so added weight in the bow.
-The boat was raced under the IOR rule and so was weighted down in the bow to get a better rating.
-Some owner fell pray to the erroneous myth that adding weight in the bow would improve pitching motion. (It doesn't)
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