Originally Posted by deckofficer
I see the advantages. What offers less resistance as it cuts through a wave, a baseball bat or a knife?
I was more thinking along the lines of the rake aft of the bow than the entry. Both designs can have a "base-ball" bat or fine entry. I think the rake back on battle ships was to lessen the risk of entanglement in lines strung across channels and for cracking frozen waterways etc.
The plumb bow on a Cat or Mono is annoying as speed increases the water
rises up the stem to form spray, whilst a forward sloped entry tends to raise bouyancy as it immerses with no tendency of a rising body of water up the stem.
Herreshoff got it SO right.
An aft raked stem would be annoying docking
in a pen as the very forward section would make contact a bit like a 'Bulbous Bow'.
Maybe thats the thinking it is a way of streamlining forward bouyancy without having a gas bottle shape forward??? INTERESTING!
Modern design is in a lot of ways simply history
repeating itself sadly a lot of our Catamaran
designs are based on French Curves from the designers drawer, Bahia's are an example the exterior looks great however the interior
ironing board furniture shapes is an example of 'French Curve' overuse,,, only my opinion!
I've built many classic and modern designed cats and mono's in Fibreglass, Timber, Chined and Round-bilge Aluminium yet the boat we've chosen for our retirement
is a Lagoon
44, not a pretty boat BUT very functional to our needs.
Form follows function.....SO TRUE.