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Re: Bob Perry's take on Wolfenzee's dream boat
The so called "Modernized" version, with wide, flat aft lines and super lean bows, is the kind of hull which goes down by the bow, and the stern lifts up, when she heels, the centre of buoyancy moving well aft as she heels. This is the kind of hull shape which gets extremely hard to control downwind, a boat with zero directional stability. My first boat was that kind of bad hull balance. After sailing it across the Pacific, I never want to sail that kind of boat again, and certainly wouldn't want to impose it on anyone else.
Twin rudders may make it slightly more controlable , but it would still much rather broach than sail in a straight line, and I think using a balanced hull shape is a better and simpler solution.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"