Thank you Gord, its a neat place.
Those articles are great, and I think explain a lot possibly about Denis Ryner's ideas while making the first Westerlys.
Mine has three keels, but most of the weight is in the bilge keels, not in the center, the difference in stability between this arrangement and a full keel boat of the same approximate size is surprising and while I feel more weather helm
I don't seem to have any speed loss. In my case it seems that the weather helm
issue could be easy to fix, and is mostly a mater of sailing slightly differently. Partly this is by letting the main out slightly and having a little more headsail. I read about a Westerly 22 who had been re-rigged as a cutter
with a bow sprit and apparently this eliminated the problem if it could be considered one. The 25 is a scaled up version of the 22 supposedly. At any rate, I think that bilge keels can be fantastic, if they are done right it appears that they are as good as any other type and a lot better than some. That and they can sit up with out help. Its always nice to be upright if the water
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