S&G - You have cut right to the center of controversy. If you check out the site you will see the Patent Pending "Bow Mounted Daggerboard" which really balances out the concept
. We tried leeboards of course but moving the resistance forward a little further balanced out the sculling rudder
and what is really a motor boat hull
design. It also opens up the boat
space for people and gear
. This is not without precedence, Chinese and Egyptian seafarers have been using the concept
for about 2000 years or so, a Swedish gentleman named Sven Lundin has incorporated the idea into a couple of his long distance cruisers. Believe it or not inflatable
boats ( with inflatable keels I might add) sail very well. They are light and have very high initial stability so they don't heel in the puffs, they just scoot.
Most important is the proliferation of inflatables. I learned to sail on the family dinghy
, an el Toro like sailing, rowing pram. The family dinghy
of today is an inflatable so are we are raising a generation of power boaters?