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Old 06-09-2010, 10:33   #16
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:52   #17
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Originally Posted by NormanMartin View Post
Another thought about selecting a design: Look at the PHRF numbers. Lower values mean faster boats. Check base handicaps at the PHRF-NE dot com web site, for example.

Hobie 33 is 90
Tartan Ten is 126
Aphrodite 101 is 135

So... how long are the legs you plan to sail, in what region, and with how many? I hope you go!
or you can join the dark side and have a rating of -10.


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Old 06-09-2010, 10:56   #18
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Carl's is too cool!

I also use to check out design specifications. has great explanations of ratios and a useful velocity ratio calculation.

We have been considering a boat with head room. The company I work for has an Olson 911 for sale at $18k. Problem is, it needs another $18 to be ready to go. Great boat and within our price and size range. point is... beware of the cheap boat fallacy!

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