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Re: Realistic expectations for my house batteries
Originally Posted by MastUndSchotbruch
Really? Wouldn't a heavier keel improve pretty much every monohull's performance? Am I the only one who likes better sailing quality?
Not everyone has a monohull, and most monohulls are designed to have their keel weight and depth work with all other design elements of the boat. So I doubt a heavier keel would improve performance, and would likely decrease it.
For a given design keel weight, it makes performance sense to put the weight as low as possible, on as high an aspect foil as possible. However, I don't think it would be practical to have batteries in a bulb on the end of a high-aspect foil.
I don't even thing it is practical to use lead batteries as primary ballast on a full-keel boat. What do you do when you need to replace them - tip over? And they would be experiencing a lot of tipping and forces when heeled - more so then if they were in the center of gravity.
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