Originally Posted by Tellus
took a post from another thread and agree:
The boat took half a gale to get moving.
The props are too far away from rudder
How much wind
it takes to get moving depends on how much sail RELATIVE TO BOAT DISPLACEMENT
CA are very voluminous. They have high displacement
. This calls for more sail area (more per LOA
as compared to a lighter displacement boat).
When adequate sail is carried, they sail as well as any other boat much as they will not point as high as a boat with fine underwater foils. A well designed, well sailed CA will sail within 90 degs true in flat water
As far as prop to rudder
distance is concerned, it is the opposite of what you say. The prop on a CA tends to sit almost on the rudder. The distance is much greater on modern boats, esp. those with a saildrive
Looking for a CA boat it is good to notice if her prop is set in a hull
cut-away or rather in a rudder cut-away. Those with rudder cut-away tend to steer very poorly on motor
. Those with prop set in hull
cut-away tend to steer very well on motor
(forward). In reverse, they all pull to the side the prop walks in reverse until they get some speed when some amount of steering
in reverse becomes possible (still not half as much as what can be done with a modern fin&spade boat).
As you noted, turning radius is considerably wider. Bad in the marina, good on a passage
Effort from the driver varies with designs. Some are very light on the helm
, some are hard to steer. No rule
. This is a function of how well the designer
drew the hull and how sails
Hope this helps somewhat any potential CA owners to be.