Had to laugh, most of my boats were easily rated, popular huls or hulls with lots of local racing comps, my new/old boat model has NEVER been rated but I'd love to still do offshore
long distance racing seeing that I'd get killed in Wednesday night beer
Now if they can just rate it......
Sent it in awhile ago but haven't received a rating, I do feel for the committee though, I'm not sure too many people want to race
a 47 Center Cockpit
, 40,000lb boat. Do I get compensation for the 6KW generator
? Does it go faster with the icemaker turned off?
My last boat I made the guys bring minimum gear
and kept just enough beer
(and almost no water) to get to the destination
since weight was so critical.
It's all a matter of perspective, what makes a boat successful in round the bouys racing doesn't necessarily make it a long distance winner, especially in a long distance race
. My previous boat, a C&C
38, re-ballusted and with a custom keel
was great in light winds and a capable offshore racer
, but was less radical in design than some of her contemporaries which made for a better all around boat. That's why my wife and I were able to use her for cruising too, but, and there's always a but, it was also more demanding due to the performance edge and huge sail area for it's displacement
, great in light wind as long as you reef early and carry a storm sail on an inner forestay.
for that light wind performance? It is a more fatiguing boat to sail short handed over a long distance, with a couple of extra crew for a passage
, no problem, but with short crew you'd reef early and often, therefore losing the performance edge.
boat may not accelerate out of a tack very quickly but I would be willing to bet it will perform much better over the long haul.
How do you rate a boat on it's ability to prevent crew fatigue?
I agree that PHRF can give you a basic feel for the potential for speed from a given hull
but there are so many other factors to consider, especially when sailing short handed.
If I were racing to Bermuda
with a crew full of buddies? The C&C
hands down, fast, confident, solid. Going there with my wife and two boys? Our current Cheoy Lee
CC, fast enough, sea kindly and stiff. I can't afford another divorce, it's just too damn expensive. Cuddling up in a wet bunk with your drunk racing buddies just isn't the same.