Originally Posted by Saucy Sailoress
Even better. We love the dumbass questions 'cos there's more chance of us knowing the answer, and that makes us look clever
Okay, then - let's get started …
1 .. Should I really post my dumbass questions in this 'Meets & Greets' section, or would it more appropriate to post elsewhere in the forum??
2 .. Question #1 notwithstanding, dumbass question #1:
When a sailboat is heeled over hard, what is preventing it from rolling completely over on it's side? And when I see photos of crew members sitting on the high side of a heeled over boat, is it to prevent the said rollover from occurring? I'm thinking it's because of the weighted keel
, but there's probably some math/physics involved. If there are some engineers just dying to explain this with calculations and formulas --- please don't. Just answer "because".
3 .. Dumbass question #2:
Again, referring to photos that I've seen, what are the two crew members actually doing when they're both hunched over a winch
and are intently 'grinding'? Are they adjusting sail trim? Typically which sail, and why wouldn't the winch
be geared to provide maximum torque with minimum revolutions. Again, engineers - you've been warned!!
4 .. Last Dumbass question of the night:
Obviously catamarans are faster than monohulls, but are they inherently more stable in really rough seas? Say, for an example, rounding Cape Horn, would a cat be better than a cutter
?? Again I'm seeing visions of a 'cat up on one hull
tipping precariously toward oblivion while the cutter
is knifing through the swells.
Thanks again, folks. Looking forward to gittin' educated.
All the best …