Originally Posted by Secondshift
"AVERAGING .... for ANY sailboat" found in later post.
I'm sure he wanted only to let you know they have been regularly
breaking that barrier for years.
The similarities to the M26 of course being your own contrivance.
Sad though , all the real info seems to get lost
in some petty contest.
Just really sad.
Well, back to playing with boats.
I should have said "any conventional ballasted monohull"... boats like most of us sail. Actually seems to apply to most production catamarans too, if one looks at the ARC
results. So, please, in your mind, change ANY to whatever modifier suits your idea of the discussion. I accept that my original statement was incorrect as posted.
But could anyone really think that a 100 foot highest tech professionally crewed multihull
has much bearing on our discussion? Yes, this one and quite a few others have made fantastic passages and I stand in awe of the boats and their crews. They do indeed average well over 1.34 x sqt LWL, but then they are not bound by the same physical limitations that our cruising boats are
I still do not believe that a Mac 26 can average 8 knots over long distances. That's nearly 200 miles per day... something Ann and I have to work
like hell to get in our much larger boat
whose hull speed
is over 9 knots. Noting that the Mac 26 is listed as having a PHRF rating of 222. That's not indicative of a really fast boat... not bad for a 26 foot trailer
sailor, but hardly a speed demon.
Adding a strong favorable current
to achieve the average really isn't germane to discussing boat performance. Rational folks talk about speed through the water
when comparing performance, not speed over the ground.Hell, we've been in places where a cardboard box can do 8 SOG.
I'm sorry that you have taken such umbrage to my posts, but it is a free world here on CF. You feel that the "real info" seems to get lost. I feel that the 8 knot
claim is not real info and deserves to be challenged. I did so by questioning the data. You have mostly been attacking me, not the message I sent. I don't much mind, but I too can feel "really sad" about the way this has played out.
PS Hoosier Doc, please don't take all this as criticism of your boat or your sailing. I'm really glad that you are enjoying the sport, and that it sounds like you will enjoy doing the DIY repairs
and improvements ahead. A trailer
sailor is a great way to learn to sail, especially when stuck way inland.
Actually, it is a great way no matter where you live... I started with a 15 foot O'Day Osprey dinghy
and then spent 7 years sailing a Catalina
22, and I lived only 30 miles from San Francisco
bay. That boat taught me a great deal, starting in the local lakes, graduating to the SF bay
and eventually some coastal cruising in the ocean and a month long cruise
in the Canadian Gulf Islands. It was great fun!