SailNet Community - View Single Post - The Physics of Railmeat
View Single Post
post #22 of Old 12-16-2010
Senior Member
Sabreman's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Yeocomico River, VA
Posts: 1,644
Thanks: 3
Thanked 19 Times in 15 Posts
Rep Power: 15
On most sailboats, heeling them to leeward and slightly bow-down in light air usually reduces the amount of wetted surface, which reduces the amount of drag. When the boat is oriented slightly bow-down, that raises the fat stern, which decreases wetted surface.
I'll buy that! Makes sense, but in the way of a followup question, I've always been schooled to stay aft to keep from burying the bow and creating more drag. Was I schooled wrong? As an aside, we're slightly bow-down (1") at the dock, without crew. So maybe I'm all set up!

On flat bottomed sleds, does the same hold true?

Sabre 38 "Victoria"
Sabreman is offline  
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome