Originally Posted by nekkidsailin
Looking for some input from anyone who has been through the rating process before.... Bought a 1989 SeaRunner 34 ~2 years ago, looking to get in with teh local racing
folk (for fun) - charlestonoceanracing.org - but they [like most, i suspect] are focused on monohulls.
Any one out there have a comprable SeaRunner 34 and know / have their PHRF?
s/v Nekkid Joy III
Good luck racing the monos. I tried that with a Dragonfly 920 and it just didn't work out well, as there is no way to come up with an effective handicapping system that would be fair in a wide range of conditions. We were rated -7 PHRF. If you could restrict yourself to winds "below ~9 knots true" it might be possible for you to compete with a handicap against the higher performance monos, as they'll likely outperform you to windward, but if the wind
is above about 10 knots and your boat is light, you'll run away from the pack so fast it won't be "sporting" (and they won't like it).
They also won't like dealing with your "excessive beam" at the starting line or a crowded mark, and you won't like it when a mono going half
your speed cuts close
in front of you as you're overtaking, (because they have right of way and they want to block you) and the only way to avoid being at fault in a collision
is to do a quick come-about (with spinnaker
I hope it works out better for you than it did for me.