Originally Posted by Snowpetrel
Ha Alain, I have often wondered how much the excellant translations by William Rodamor helped make Bernards books so captivating. I am sure the original french versions are good, but his first book sailing tobthe reefs was translated by someone else and it never struck the same chord with me at least.... I guess we can now debate about what is the definition of a knockdown vs a capsize.. But regardless it sounds pretty unpleasant, and the knockdowns were more severe than I had remembered. It would be interesting to see how the originals in french describe it.
I don't mind if I'm wrong about "sancir" or not. My real concern is WHY should we have a fixed underwater architecture while sailing in so different conditions. When you sail upwind you need a "wing" for the lift
& lead deep down to contrebalance the wind
pressure. But when you do a month passage
down the trades or when you look for a safe anchorage**, you don't need that much keel & no (main) centerboard
. Planes, birds & fishes have variable architecture, why not sailboats ? I know, I know, centerboards are more work but I'm convinced that the advantages are worth them. I would accept the compromise of keel-centerboard such as the Tartan 37 with its 4' draft
**I remember, in a previous life (1978!) we were cruising with two French sailboats, an 11m Kirk Amel & a twin tandem centerboards Trismus: At one anchorage, on a small island north of Venezuela
, both our C&N 31 & the Kirk had to anchor
outside a nice "pond" where the full centerboard
Trismus was able to anchor
with its bow... on the beach ! The kids
on the Trismus would jump in the water, walk to the beach & play...