PHRF is a measurement system designed and established in order to let errant sailors know how far they strayed from the true path of righteousness. As the CS 30 has been indisputably acknowledged as the ideal hull form, married with an optimum performance level, degree of comfort, beauty and all around perfection, those who have made purchasing errors and wound up with other boats, need to know the extent of their sins.
Hence we have PHRF, IRC, etc. ad nauseum. The CS 30 was placed on a pedestal, in the center. As there were roughly 281 boat models in production at the time, the CS 30 was assigned number 141, right in the middle - the number one on either side of, and of lesser stature than the number 4 - a symbolic indication of the raising of the boat above lesser objects on either side of it.
To Port (the 'high-side') were placed the slower, yet stoutly built and, in a dated sort of way, pretty-looking boats. Seaworthy vessels to be sure, some even approaching the utopia that is the CS 30, but still falling short in some detail or other.
As the shortcomings were primarily determined to be an excess of weight or ornament, points were assigned on the positive, or high side of 141 to indicate how many excess issues there were with the boat. Hence the Westsail 32, while undeniably a seaworthy and good-looking boat, can only be termed an "obese" craft and numerous points have been assigned to it as a gentle, yet constant reminder that the health of the vessel may be well-improved through shedding some of that poundage.
Conversely, to Starboard of 141, the term low-side is used to indicate those boats whose owners have stooped to the lower, less ethical methods of trying to achieve nirvana in yacht design. The sins here are numerous and run the gamut from minor to egregious. Points have been deducted accordingly.
Those whose sins were merely the creation of an unneccessarily large yacht have been punished less severely than those who have gone so far as to defy nature and incorporate materials other than pure, simple God-given fibreglass in the construction of their pitifully grotesque craft. Thus, we see that something like a C&C 38, while undeniably a study in excess, has merely lost a few points, while the diabolical creations called sleds by their miscreant sponsors are well and truly exposed. These radical departures from the innate principles of both physics and civil chemistry have been mercilessly penalised, the truly evil even having been assigned scores in the negative integers.
Of late, these creatures of darkness, not content with hiding their nefarious compounds of carbon and kevlar in the bilges where they belong, have begun flagrantly displaying their (literally) black arts, disguised as masts or booms, in plain view of the decent folk who are merely attempting to spend a pleasant family afternoon in a communal harbour. How can they be expected to explain these abominations to their children ????
Finally, if we dig to the bottom of the muck and mire, we find true mutants, lacking in decency and refusing to adhere to the most basic of established boatbuilding norms and credos. This gash heap of humanity has gone so far as to construct vessels with more than one hull, and not a keel to be found amongst them.
They offer the excuse of "reducing wetted surface". Well, surely the touch of righteous waters must sear the souls of these unnatural objects, so it is understandable that they would try to minimise their agony. Occasionally we read about one who, unable to countenance the continued torture of existence, turns turtle forever, so that their hulls might never have to feel the pain of truth and decency ever again.
Last edited by Sailormann; 04-14-2007 at 10:56 PM.