Not only no but hell no!!!! Look at the typical racing
boat. They are designed for one thing, speed under sail. Every flat out racing
boat i've seen has all weight centered with a big empty cavern forward and aft.
Weight in the ends of a boat cause it to hobby horse as well as slow the boat punching into a wave. The old body in motion tends to stay in motion thing. When you have mass in the ends, the bow will lift
in a wave and continue up as the mass tries to stay in upward motion and the opposite as gravity takes over and the bow goes down. Couple that with reduced buoyancy in the stern of the Atkins design and the boat tends to waste motion going up and down and not forward. BDTD.
It's also easier to propel a boat over a wave than through it unless specifically designed to do so. Had this glaringly demonstrated when I sailed our Westsail without the 230' of 3/8" chain in the bow. Launched the boat and sailed it to SoPac and back with the chain in place. When we got back pulled the chain out and went sailing. Was amazed at the difference as the bow would rise to a wave with little diminution of speed. With the chain in place it tended to punch into the waves and slowing down before the bow would rise. Not so noticeable beating into long ocean swells but very much so beating into short, choppy seas often seen close to shore.
That's the reason that the W32 has a reputation for being a poor sailing boat to weather
especially in light air. We had no problem in the long open ocean swells once doing 5 days hard on the wind
reeling off a steady 5k day in day out. Light air and a chop and the boat would actually sail sideways if we tried to oinch up. The Ingrid won't be as effected as the W32 because the bow is much finer and more efficient going to weather
. Still, the Ingrid design would sail much better with more centered all lead ballast. Lead in the middle is the reason that the Alajuela 38 sails
better and faster than the more traditional Ingrid builds. Of course, the typical Alajuela sells for 3 times what they are asking for this Ingrid.
Originally Posted by ozskipper
I agree with the above except the weight comment. The further apart the weights the more stable the vessel- sort of. It would tend to Punch into waves instead of riding up and over them for example.
There will be smarter person than me here who will no doubt chime in and explain that better.