Join Date: May 2014
Location: Bar Harbor, ME
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Re: Outboards and sailboat balance question
That is why racers do what they can to avoid any extra weight in the ends. All these little things add up. Does it make a difference? Certainly. Do you care? Perhaps not.
Everyone who was complaining about this in a West Wight Potter was talking about degraded performance. That's kind of ridiculous in a boat whose top speed is about 5.5 knots, so that its degraded to 4 knts. Big deal. People who buy WWP19's didn't buy them for speed, they bought them for stability and the pocket cruising. And they generally(unless the sail in the really choppy San Francisco Bay) don't sail in enough chop to be worried about hobby horsing, because in those conditions they are either reefed a lot, or they are actually using the big engine that they have hanging off the stern starboard.
Racers don't own west wight potters in the first place.