Originally Posted by StuM
The primary ones would be:
Waterline length/Hull Beam ratio.
Sail Area/Disp ratio.
Daggerboards v mini keels.
I find it difficult to understand with all the information now available, that people can still believe there is a performance differential between Daggerboard and mini keel
boats that could be considered significant for a cruiser.
Try reading Tony Grangers article on this subject on his web site.
A small snippet here.............
"As the wind
strength increases the fixed keels will typically operate much more efficiently and from personal experience the difference in performance between two similar cats -one with efficient fixed keels, the other with daggers - is minimal in 10 knots or more of breeze, and negligible in 15 knots and above."
Considering most cruisers motor
in the light stuff, including our beloved 44c, who has motored past us on a couple of occasions ( possibly due to his unwillingness to fly a spinnaker
/ carry a spinnaker
?) Its hard to understand where this great difference lies.