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Re: Bob Perry's take on Wolfenzee's dream boat
With this thread, it has been fun in my brain to come up with a better boat for myself, IF, I had the money to redo somethings on a boat in the size I would like. One of my things I would like, is the ability to plane in 20-30knots at about 2x hull speed. My thinking is, If I can do that, the front part of the boat hull would have to be somewhat flatish like my current boat. Yet she lbs HARD when going into the wind, with a current with you when motoring. To me a slightly rounded or V'd bottom up front, to hopefully slow the pounding, would probably screw up the wanted boat speed while sailing down wind!
Another issue, I would prefer a fairly vertical bow. Yet hauling an anchor up and down, you will potentially hit the bow with the anchor! So maybe a fixed prod a couple of feet long, to put the anchor forward a bit, along with increasing the spin J so one can get a bit mroe SA out of the spin! but now you are paying for liniar feet of boat ea month with morrage. Vs an extanding sprit like J-boats have. But this option can potentially get water in the forward cabin when the sprit goes back in. Takes up room in the V berth........
It comes down to a, If I do "this", what happens to "that" or if I do "that" what happens to "this"! The best one can do is try to comprimise with the end result hopefully getting the best of ea, but more likely a little of ea, with a major reduction of both.
I had also thought of a lifting dagger board keel. Altho here in Puget sound, draft is generally speaking, not an issue. I can see where this would be a BIG DEAL to Jeff, in deeper water he can have say 8' of draft, yet pull the dagger board up, and get into the 4'ish foot range, so he can get into the shallower estuary's that are around the area he sails. WIth tide ranges in the 14-15' range around here, you're either in DEEP water, or on the hard! if you start in 10' of water at times. ALtho not as bad as say England, bay of fundy where 20-30' tides can occur!
For the first draft of wolf's boat, I would still do a slightly lower rig, but longer boom, that to me would be more in keeping with the original design. On the other hand, I can also see where the last version is ALL Jeff! There is nothing to that design that wolf probably would like as he has noted.
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