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Re: Bob Perry's take on Wolfenzee's dream boat
Ron, As usual you have hit on an important truth when you say, Wolf never asked anyone to 'improve' the boat he already loves, or at least not to the extent that Bob and I have taken this.
This began as a relatively mild, 'what if ?'; a simple exploration of would it be possible to alter Wolf's boat so she had a fin keel and skeg hung rudder but little else changed.
I must admit that I instigated the idea of going beyond that simple task, and Bob was kind enough to continue as coach and honesty keeper (as in keeping me honest).
And soon one good mission creep deserved another making the rest history. I have always understood that we have way overshot a reasonable runway for Wolf's original question, and landed a decade, or two, or three, or four, away from Wolf's target. (The current design perhaps a century beyond.)
It goes back to the Goldilocks phenomina from Brian's racers going cruising thread. For someone each version is just right. This current design is my just right bite of the porridge and bunk to catch an off-watch....
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