38025Re: seaworthy bolger ply designs.
- Aug 2, 2004
> When you look at a design, what is it that you use as a gauge ofThere is, of course, no unanimity of opinon on this complex
question. Just in the last week I've read of Phil Bolger and Tom
MacNaughton saying that they thought the currently fashionable ideas
of what makes a cruising boat to be inadequate. I suppose them mean
boats of the Catalina/Hunter/Beneteau type, though neither was
specific. And they have very different ideas about what makes a good
boat. I've seen each of them dismiss features that the other likes.
What I think in terms of is
1) Is it going to keep the water out? General strength of
construction, care with respect to hatches and vents.
2) Is it going to stay right side up? Range of stability.
3) Can it handle heavy weather? This means power to carry sail so
that it can get upwind in all but the strongest storms.
4) Does it take care of the crew? A deck you can get around on. A
cockpit with protection. A safe interior. Can the crew get into
position and muster the strength to handle the rig?
A boat should be seaworthy in these terms for coastal cruising. If
you want ocean crossing, you have to add a certain load carrying
capacity for supplies.
These are just the first-order terms. There are second-order terms
of great importance such as a comfortable motion at sea. And
equipment is very important. Storm sails, reefing gear, anchors, etc.
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