Originally Posted by chad.lawie
. whereas the newer production toys (opps i mean boats) have thinner skins. true?
I know this 'toy' thinking is in jest
and Chad is just having fun, however it ought be pointed out that most boats that are made to sail hardest and go though the extremes of weather
in the worlds worst areas including the Southern Ocean are fin keelers. These boats, of course are the racers of the Volvo
style round the world
full crewed and single
handed races, races like the Sydney
Hobart, just about any clown trying to break a record
, Farr boats as mentioned previously, or any offshore racing
boat build in the last 40 years. I say 40 years because I raced on a full keeler in offshore races and it was built in 1973 and I havent heard of one in Sydney
In all the time I can remember (my mind is quite patchy!
) so few times have I heard of any difficulty caused by the keel (other than lack of H2O), a few snapping in the Open 60 range, a couple of spade rudders floating a few miles after the yacht etc. Most difficulties that yachts get into are due to waves from people not using a para anchor
, and rig damage from too much white stuff on the new carbon fiber or other exotic rig.
I don't think 40 years of racing history
is wrong. I don't think the 2 styles of sailing, racing or cruising, are that far apart.
I also leave you with a fantastic point for all the American legal
eagles... if the modern production boats were unsafe people would have, by now, died of that unsafety, and the lawyers would have the production boat companies in court seeking damages.
They havent cos there isnt because they're not
I love that last line