Originally Posted by tp12
Fair enough. Aesthetics are a very personal thing. To me they look modern and help give the boat a powerful stance.
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its not an aesthetic thing, well its not an aesthetic thing in a high performance boat, A schionning G Force for example the reverse bows primarily aid in reduction in pitching which as well as being uncomfortable it a performance sapper, they also aid in dispersion of water
as in the bow wave is less likely to climb and stay attached to the bow, leading to a reduction in spray. (having said that they will be wetter when the bow buries with more water
coming on deck)
reverse bows on the Balance 451 - definitely a fashion statement, reverse bows on Mojo, a 15 metre schionning that weighs four tonne less than the shorter Balance, definitely not an aesthetic/fashion statement its all about performance.
For most of us a plumb stem with compound inner curve - e.g. Seawind
or a lightbulb shape - e.g. shuttleworth
or a combination of the two, e.g. Pescott, is probably more appropriate, Reverse bow boats will ultimately be less resistant to pitchpoling, but that will happen a three and four times the speed , so it is manageable - just slow the boat down.
My point is, it is a fashion statement on some boats, not all. If a boat has a WLL to Displacement
factor of 750 kg per metre or more, no point to them at all, between 500 kg and 750 - marginal,under 500 probably worth it (all rough rule
of thumbs - YMMV, consult your own naval architect, seek your own informed advice - ALSO NOT A CRITICISM OF THE BALANCE - just using it as an example of where I think the reverse bow thing is more fashion than function. I like the Balance - well I liked the original Balance - the Montebello 12.5, I sailed one a fair distance and it was a better than reasonable boat)