I always wonder at posts like these regarding performance.
In my racing
days on high performance Cats I would have gobbled up the specs and tried to figure out what my competition was packing.
Now that I am living and cruising I tend to trim the sail much less, unless of course there is another boat close by LOL.
I would think if your on our site here your not racing
, so many things change the performance.
Get a boat that will take a load and still sail
Get more sails, get lots, use them!
Stop constant sail trim, we are cruising.
Learn the subtle changes to your specific boat that help with SOG
The best boat you can have is the one you own, Cat, Mono, Power it's all good.
Get out on the water
and sail, the more you sail the faster your boat will go, referring to those subtle changes mentioned earlier.
Make your boat comfortable, gone are the days where sailing was always an outdoor sport.
If your rested, comfortable, well fed and generally happy you will make the good decisions at sea that will keep you safe and get you there.
I have a sailing mate that has a very fast, expensive, sleek, carbon machine.
Now with his loaded up racing boat going off cruising he is low in the water
, bridge deck
slapping, and sailing right along with the rest of us. When we get to our destination
he is still on the racing boat,40% smaller than the cruising Cats.
Remember 95% of the time while out on the oceans of the world you are stopped.
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