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Re: What's your Cape Horn boat choice?
For my "Horse Latitudes" expedition sailboat, 45 to 50 ft. in length, steel would be the only option, with thicker, heaver plating below the immersed waterline and with collision and watertight bulkheads. Twin steering stations, one outside and one in a pilothouse with its windows protected as work boats and naval vessels have been for years, with heavy wire(#9) mesh set into heavy frames approx. 2 inches in front of the windows. The wire mesh acts like the famous "wave breaking sticks" on the bows of the ancient Polynesian trekking canoes, breaking up the impact forces, associated with large boarding waves and but also boat related "missiles". A semi-balanced barn door rudder, with a large hole predrilled in its upper aft section, for emergency steering if needed, would be entirely protected by deadwood. All ballast would be internal, with a centerboard to help act as prevention against knockdown by large breaking waves. Rig would be split(ketch) thereby lowering the center of effort and in the event of rig failure, provide some factor of redundancy/self rescuing.