Originally Posted by Jon Eisberg
I'm guessing few who have ever put the spreaders of a cruising boat in the water offshore
would make such observations so casually... :-)
Here's what Evans Starzinger had to say a few years back about the centerboarders they had encountered "Down South"...
It mentioned the contessa 32 was going over more frequently.
"A contenssa 32 we know got spreaders in the water
7 times from the Falklands to Cape Town
, and that's a pretty stable boat for her size."
The contessa has an avs of (155) which is very high. It kinda show that if you spread your righting moment over a wider angle it is easier to go over because you have not got your maximum righting forces where they are really needed - at around 50 - 60 degrees. You simply cant have it both ways.
You pray to the initial stability God or the AVS God. I want my maximum defence a long ways before 155 degrees. 60 seems to be the norm but the contessa 32 gives it's peak at 80. Why? Not sure I understand this because at 60 you lose most load from the sail anyway.
To be honest I can see why the contessa would be flat lining a lot based on its stability curve. It provides for a lot of momentum to be carried to that 80 degree mark undermining it's peak counter righting force at that mark. Seems silly to me.