- Are there any Philsboats being built out there? If so, how are they
progressing? I have the plans and would like to see some photos of
one that has been completed. Also, any information on the sailing
characteristics of the boat would be greatly appreciated. Thanking
all in advance,
- As you mentioned, Garth, the offset mast does make the downwind "lever
arm" slightly longer on starboard tack than on port tack. So if you
were to gradually increase other factors that would contribute to
broaching, such as lowering the leeboard, moving weight forward, or
using a smaller rudder blade, I'd expect the effect would exceed the
"broaching threshold" slightly earlier on starboard tack than on port.
I just don't think the "lever arm" on starboard would be extreme
enough to "cause" a broaching problem, if other larger factors weren't
already in play.
Completely raising the leeboard and shifting weight markedly aft would
be easy to test. Heeling the boat to windward would also bring the CE
more directly over the hull. If those things don't cure the problem,
then a larger rudder blade might do it.
--- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, "GarthAB" <garth@...> wrote:
> I'll have to do some controlled experiments this summer and report
> back. You'd think that if weight forward were the problem, or rudder
> stall were the problem, it would manifest itself equally on port and
> starboard tack while running. But my impression was that this problem
> surfaced only with the sail full out on the port side. But my
> scientific sample may have been too small.