Originally Posted by bob perry
My experience is that you WANT the center of pressure to move forward as the wind increases. But I'll tell you that one of the sweetest rides is a Valiant 40 in 30 knots with reefed main and staysail. I think it depends a great deal on the hull
Good to see you posting
I would agree with this. My steel
boat is bluff bowed (dry but not a speed demon), the deck
is heavily cambered compared to most designs, and the stern is high and the rudder
is transom hung. Learning
to sail her has been a schooling. If I sail the cutter-rigged steel ketch
of my friend (about the same dimensionals, but his rudder's skeg-hung and his bilges are radiused), it's a very different experience to me.
Not better or worse, but different.
Neither boat bears a close relation to my IOR spade-ruddered, tiller-helmed sloop, which has a sail called a wire-luffed "genoa staysail" that is huge and scary and tacks to the rail and sucks the boat forward at impressive speeds. Staysail, my backside. It's just another 1970s rule-beater that few remember how to use, like "bananas", "bloopers" and "windseekers".
So I concur that "basics" are only going to give you ground assumptions with cutters, because the sail rig is only one element of the sailing equation.