The question of what constitutes a full keel
and how CCA designs perform has come up many, many times. I owned a 1967 Bristol 27 until about two years ago, and followed the debate on Sailnet with interest. Just as here, it usually consisted of owners of these boats sparring with Jeff H.
Jeff argues that, by no definition that he knows of, could these be considered full-keel boats. I disagree and would be interested to see the source of his definition related to the keel
being 50% of LOD. In his book on small boat design, Ted Brewer shows an illustration of a CCA-type design and calls it a "modified full keel." I don't recall
how he defines that term but the graphic is very clear. I consider Ted Brewer to be a fairly authoritative reference. Note that this isn't an attack on Jeff (who seems extremely knowledgeable) or anyone else; I just disagree with the characterization of these boats as fin keels with attached rudders.
Definitions aside, what bothers me is that we seem to have arrived at the conclusion that you can't buy a seaworthy
boat for under $20K. That is simply untrue. Several CCA designs can be had for well under that number, and if properly prepared, are very seaworthy
. MANY Tritons, A30s, A35s, A37s, etc., etc., have safely circumnavigated....the facts speak for themselves and their is a 40+ year history
of these boats going the distance. They may not have been the fastest, their motion may not have been the most comfortable, their accommodations may not have been the most spacious, etc. But they can certainly get the job done, and at a very reasonable price
As for me, I sold my B27 because it was poorly suited for the type of sailing I do most - club racing
in a light air venue. I never found the motion uncomfortable, the performance was OK if there was wind
, the cabin
was fine, and she was beautiful to look at. I can also tell you that she was reasonably well built with no significant structural issues. All in all, nothing to complain about, particularly for the $4500 I paid for her. I now have an Olson 25, by the way.