Bob, I think I found out about what you are talking about when you mentioned a British magazine and a boat that rounded up when heeled over 15º.
It is the test of the Dufour 410 by Sailing Today. It seems to me that they are not used to sail this type of boats and that indicates that they are not very experienced as testers plus some of their comments are plain ridiculous:
"The 410 is a good boat with a fast hull and the space of a 1990’s 50-footer. But there’s just a risk her extreme wedge shape, not dissimilar to that of a Vendée Globe entrant, might just be starting to compromise her role as a quick but secure family cruising yacht."
Of course, that can also be said regarding the Sense or the Oceanis, both whith this type of hull that they seem to worry about being not fit for a "secure family yacht
" but then they finish saying: "sailed within her limits, she’s an excellent boat for offshore cruising in comfort
" and as any boat has to be sailed within its limits that's a pretty contradictory statment
and the contradiction goes on with them given 3 stars over five to a boat that is an "excellent boat for offshore cruising in comfort
Regarding testers and boat tests the credibility has to do with knowing the tester from many previous test or if not the case if they seem to know what they are talking about and these ones clearly don't:
Regarding the boat to be prone to round up and regarding sailing in general they say:
... (16 knots, gusting 22 knots) ...
Being pretty much slack water our SOG would have proved fairly close to our speed through the water, which, close-hauled was a shade over 8 knots, increasing to 8.8 knots on a close reach.
Really? with 16K over 8k close hauled on a fat 40ft family cruiser? and 8.8K beam reaching....That is a very good performance for a top performance cruiser, almost an impossible one and out of this word for this type of boat, absolutely extraordinary....but wait, they only give 3 points out of 5 in sailing ability on the test score
A couple of times we crept over the 9 knot mark on a beam reach, but both times a sudden 20 knot gust hit us and demonstrated that, if you heel her beyond the chine, her wide stern breaks away and forces her to round up pretty quickly. I’m sure if we’d been able to get to the mainsheet in time we would have kept her on track, though, and when the wind got up further things were considerably better with the mainsheet traveller dropped down to leeward.
Going over 9K on a beamy fat 40ft gusting 20K without an hand on the mainsheet or traveler and they wonder that the boat round up?
Over 9k on a beam reach with 16K is again an incredible performance for this type of boat and pushing the boat that way is sailing it not in a cruising mode but on a race mode and that implies with 16k wind gusting 22, to have a hand on the main sheet and the traveler to de-power the boat on gusts.
"Clearly, she’s a boat that prefers to be sailed reasonably conservatively, which, in all honesty, most cruising folk probably would. Had I been sailing with my family, I’d have put a reef in the main as the true wind reached 15 knots."
. One wonders if they were testing a racing boat (sailing it like cruisers) or if they are testing a family cruising boat.
"Off the wind she tracked well enough to goosewing for a mile or so, making 7 knots under standard white sails only. A decent gennaker or chute would push this to at least 9 knots, and I’m sure it wouldn’t take much more to get her on the plane.
Right, an heavy fat cruiser on the planing with not much more than 16K
Maybe that is because I am quite used to read boat reviews that I can easily find that these guys, that call themselves testers, really don't know what they are talking about and their experience with different types of boats, including the ones with hulls similar to the Dufour 410 is very small.
Dufour 410: Review and test | Sailing Today