I can speak for the Alberg
boats of yesteryear. Although he was at Sparkman Stephens when he drew it, my Columbia
29 has the usual Alberg
Coachroof break in it. It looks nice from afar and on paper, but me at 6'2" and that roof break coming down to 5'11" have had strong words a plenty. We are not the best of friends...
So in retrospect damn you Carl Alberg and your walking on your knees! You made a lovely seakindly boat that sails
well and has all the right dimensions in proportion ect but would 3" of head
room have killed you? While were at it lets talk about the vberth being 6'0" long... On second thought better not thread drift too much.
I will say I've had the boat in 45-50kts gusting to 55kts, and waves 8-10' here in the Great Lakes
the waves stack up nice and close together with no swell. We were hitting 12.5 while surfing and although it did yaw a bit it held a fairly easy coarse and motion. That is until my mate accidently gybed us when I went forward to stow the main, while I still had the preventer rigged from the boom to the foredeck... We took 3-5 waves beam on. It was exciting especially on the cabin
roof hanging onto the mast
and getting the main down. Then running back and firing up the A4 engine
and getting the boat turned into the waves... Anyways it was a good test to see how it handled the conditions. It laid over pretty far but slid down the waves nicely and righted itself in good order. So my point I guess there is something to be said for a good seaworthy
design. Not that newer designs aren't seaworthy
, just choose wisely. You never know when it will save you from yourself... Wait what was that about thread drift?