Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Randolph, MA
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There are other ways to flatten the boat then the use of rail meat. One of our friends at the marina has a real sweat racing boat. It's a 30' open with running back stays, full roach main and little to no comforts (doesn't even carry a cooler big enough for more then a six pack). But the boat moves, one day we were making 5.5-6 knots in 7-8 knots of breeze. Just don't take it out in over 12 knots of breeze with out 3-4 people that know what they are doing.
That boat has built in ballast tanks on the under side of the rails that can be filled for short handed sailing. There is a valve system that, with a pull of a line, will gravity dump the water from one tank to the other. It is tricky though. You have to be very quick and precise with tacking or you could knock yourself down and put the rail in the water.
Real fun to sail on that boat for an afternoon, but I'll take our cruiser for the long haul.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain