Lets examine briefly the underbody of an Archer/Atkin style boat
. Long keel
, low freeboard. Some folks look to the Redningskoite double ender heavy displacement
Archer as the example for serious ocean passages involving exposure to real and significant wave size and weather
. What really gets me interested in this is the question of large underbody actually transmitting ocean energy to the vessel and occupants.
Does that long keel
, heavy displacement
, and generally below waterline focus actually present a larger surface for the angry ocean to act upon? Do large swells begin to push this style of design around and off course due to more area to act upon?
When it gets truly hairy on passage
and you are tired, do these designs lie ahull or accept a basic hove to setting with minimal sail, or are we fantasizing here?
Can you really depend on heavy long keel designs to just take over and handle the ocean for you when it gets ugly out there? or does that deep long keel just expose you to more angry ocean random energy attacks?
I see that Macharj (who I respect) seems to look to these older longer heavier types in rough weather
, but I wonder if an expansive underbody exposes the sailor to wave energy?
Does a submarine heavy keeler simply expose you to all that water
movement? does it present a large surface for the angry ocean to act upon and affect? or does it maintain a smooth direct course and dissipate excessive wave energy in a linear, gentle progressive fashion that mellows all of the ocean water
I ask these questions out of ignorance, and appeal to those who have experienced both and know what really works offshore
It would seem modern designs work
much better than traditional long heavy keels IF the boat
is actively driven. Lets say I just want to drop sail, and go hide below. can this even be done on a modern design with a deep keel, and high aspect rudder
? can you even lie ahull in these awesome wide stern figero or class 40 style boats? do they work
even better sitting mid ocean laying ahull?
If I go with the more modern underbody, am I compelled to put on the foulies, and drive that puppy through the whole nasty spell, or can I just make a drink and watch a movie
struck and rudder