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Old 07-07-2008, 16:58   #31
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I am new to the cruisers forum. We currently own a Gulfstar 50 and have cruised a couple thousand miles in it. Since family and friends join us often, we are looking for a third stateroom CC ketch. Any suggestions? Currently, we are drawn to the Pearson 53.
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:27   #32
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Steering by CLR and/or CLE.
In Hawaii we sailed an outrigger cat. canoe with a fellow from Hilo.
( Lots of history, really great guy, and great experience. A "Must do".)
I was amazed by the steering. Useing only a paddle - Push down to come up - pull up to go down wind. It was all about changing CLR relative to CLE. That related to wind surfers, which simply move CLE. So, that leads to the conclusion that balance of CLR to CLE is more important than the rudder, which adds drag.
Hull form ( width) only relates as it changes CLR at angles of heel. Usually less heal off the wind, so stern width is less relevant than balance. Many hull forms lack bouyancy forward , so they lift the stern and "plough" to windward.

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Old 05-07-2009, 18:23   #33
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Yes the Amels are good boats as are Hinkleys, Aldens, Little harbors (or Hoods) and many custom designs by Sparkman & Stephens and many others. There are really a lot of good boats out there once you get away from production club boats.

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