Originally Posted by barnakiel
This Matrix boat looks up to something!
I dig it. I do not think is way away from Flicka. Just a continuation towards using the new knowledge towards a better boat! Way cool.
1) why is the waterlength 'only' 23'?
2) she seems to be sitting low in the water
aft in the photo
left - why?
3) would a smaller fore / bigger main be the next step you think?
Regards. I like your boat!
I am not sure why the LWL is only 23'. It seems longer, it could be a typo or oversight on the survey
, because it appears to the naked eye to have a more balanced LOA/LWL ratio. I'll have to do some more research
. I hope to meet with the designer
in the coming weeks and get some more information about her nuances.
She is sitting a little low in the water aft and it is the fault of my own weight/gear distribution within the boat. The aft cockpit
locker on that side is extremely large and deep, and I have since learned not to keep all my anchors, outboard
gas tank, propane
tank, air-floor dinghy
(rolled up), and more in there. The real problem on this particular weekend trip was that it was a surf-mission and I had the other side of the boat loaded with lots of surfboards which take up a lot of space physically but are very light, so having the quarter berth full of boards still leaves the boat unbalanced... for longer term cruising I am thinking I will resolve this issue by keeping the boards somewhere else (probably the V-berth), and have the quarter berth completely loaded with the same amount of weight as the cockpit
locker on the other side. I am working on expanding storage
, and trying to add storage
in the most reasonable areas, but it's always a compromise of sorts...
The boat is quite sensitive to weight-placement and initially, it's really pretty tender
, but once it gets to a certain point of heel, it seems to stiffen up dramatically, once it gets its "shoulder in the water." I had a Catalina 30
before that, which had a really impressive initial stability, it took a lot to make her heel, but then she continued to heel more and more. Here, it's sort of the opposite sensation/experience. It heels easily but then stiffens up noticeably.
3) I think your suggestion on the next-evolution of the sail plan is a great idea. However, I am lucky in that the current sails
I have are in "cruise ready" condition (like 9/10 condition) and we are having them reinforced with triple-stitched seams/panels at the moment so I am going to keep your suggestion in mind but for 2-4 years from now when I will be looking more seriously at new sails
. Short boom, tall mast
I guess means a high-aspect ratio rig which maybe is not ideal for down-wind but I do appreciate the way the boat sails to windward, feels really good. Down-wind it is nice to sail as well, but the beam of the Cat-30 seemed to make it more "surfy," more of a sitting-on-top-of-the-water as opposed to in-it feeling.
Like all boat projects, this weekends' install of the Lavac
Head was more difficult than it seemed in theory, so I have not yet purchased the chain/anchor, but will do so and post my actual decision ASAP. Thanks barnakiel and others for all the great info on here.