Originally Posted by robert sailor
I wasn't suggesting that the Hess designs were the same as the Cape George simply that they were both full keel and were both excellent performers. Personally I prefer the Hess designs as the cut away allows them to come about with a little more authority.
Ha, fair enough, personally I prefer the Atkins designs but then I have never sailed a Hess so it is a bit academic!
is that the Hess are probably faster in some conditions with the finer bows and powerful quarters. But the Cape Georges might be better mannered in gusty conditions and downwind in a seaway. But as I say these are just hunches based on sailing similar other vessels so aren't really worth much.
A few years ago a friend on a Cape George 31 lost
off the tassie coast in a knockdown or capsize
. . Aside from the mast
it otherwise was fine. I think he ended up in south america
via the 40's singlehanded. Tough boat.
One sail on her impressed another friend so much with it's handling and fingertip steering that he sold his boat and built the 34 foot tally Ho major. The few sails
on her have amazed me, it rides smoothly and seems to steer itself easily on most points down to a broad reach just by playing with the sails.
I delivered an Atkins Eric double ender for Adelaide to Hobart a fair few years ago. She's a near sistership to Suhaili with slightly shorter masts. By the end of the trip I got her steering herself happily directly downwind in a seaway with the main and a tightly sheeted yankee. An amazing vessel that made me realize how Robin Knox Johnson did it after his self steering
failed. So I am a bit of an Atkins fanboy
The Tally Ho Major. Beautiful!