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post #510 of Old 03-17-2018
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Re: Multihull Popularity and Interesting Designs

Okay - another question for the multi guys - daggerboards.

So, if I'm understanding this correctly, daggerboards are primarily for upwind sailing. And, from what I understand, they buy you another 10° or so of pointing - putting you in roughly the same range off the wind as a mono.

BUT - the arguments go that "well-designed" fixed-keels will get you within 5° of that, and that the added rigging, mechanics, etc. for daggerboards is not worth it in the long run unless most of your sailing will upwind and/or racing.

What do you guys think? If 10° - or especially 5° - is really all I'm losing, I'm not sure it's something I'd insist on.
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