I'm glad that you mentioned this:
>Using passenger weight to make a boat self-righting, like Birdwatcher,
>doesn't seem to make sense to me.
>In a 90 degree knockdown, the passengers shift from the bottom to the hull
>sides--they don't velcro their butts to what is now a vertical surface.
>Their weight shifts to *hold the boat down*, not help it right.>
For a long time I thought that maybe the answer was obvious... and I was
the only one who didn't "get it", the one who didn't understand how the
weight of the crew would be distributed to contribute to self righting.
There is a big difference between the theory and what can be counted on
when you are cold, wet, tired and in a bad chop as it is getting on toward
dusk. But I would like to hear from the folks in Chebaccos (or other
non-ballasted boats) who have been surprised by bigger than expected gusts