Originally Posted by Grona Hissen
If you chose something else than a archipelago sailer, you will find ther freeboard to be a lot higher. Nobody want's splashing water
arround the cockpit
area. There are sailboats that have higher keel
weight ratio. The problem I have is to find them.
Better safe than sorry.
Why do you think the water finds its way over the top end? Most of the time it is a mysterious leak that actually comes from a seacock, a stern gland, or a chain locker, (etc).!
Ballast ration on older, 'classic' designs can be at times surprisingly low (sic!), no wonder - when you think about how heavy their hulls can be. Most of the time, the ballast ratio counts little, unless a design is seriously flawed or else when the boat is an out-and-out racer
that needs excessive ballast ratio to be able to carry excessive SA (and so achieve excessive speeds !).
Bueno, all boats are equal, just some are obviously better.