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Re: Beneteau Keel bolts
I would suggest that regardless of what the Hobie33 does, the boat could be faster and lighter and less expensive if it was NOT built to survive repeated hard rock impacts. (And the keel-killer was not simply a gentle grounding, but a severe impact.)
Then there's the question of comparable price. When similarly equipped to other boats of a similar speed and capacity, trim quality, etc., what's the cost penalty to the Hobie? That's a hard one to compare, I suspect, given the variations in boats.
Good design, a fast hull, seakindliness, balanced sails...as one respected nautical architect said of one of his boats "I got lucky with that one." 3D CAD helps tremendously with analyzing the never-ending effects of heel and other variables, but when all is said and done, strength costs more than weakness. A really good designer and builder may be able to hide that in the overall cost, but it still has to be there. Whether it means "three more layers of cloth" or whatever.
The cassette daggerboard design may have some inherent advantage over a fixed keel, but then there's the tradeoff of a trunk in the middle of the cabin, isn't there? Unless you keep it short enough to hide in the salon table. And then, you've still got to get in there and clean out the trunk from time to time, I'd expect.