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I've never seen this but I doubt that I'm the first to think of it. If the lee board was curved on one surface and flat on the other, similar to an airplane wing, there would be more lift (along the curved side) than with a centreboard which is symmetrical. You could have the same lift with less board area in the water. Less wetted area means less drag / more speed.
As well, if the angle of the lee board could be adjusted so that it was always vertical in the water, regardless of the amount of heel, the wetted area could be reduced further still compared to a centreboard with the same lift.
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Last edited by CapnHand; 10-22-2007 at 10:35 PM.