Whatever happened to the fin keel
/ spade rudder
vs full keel
with keel hung rudder
? I was of the opinion that running downwind in a fin keel was considerably more uncomfortable than in a full keel. Then there are stabilizers -- gyroscopes anyone?
Then there are issues such as: how many steps on the companionway
(more is less comfort); U-shaped galley
vs straight line; a widened deck
at the bow (for more foot room); ad nauseam. Don't these sort of items add to "comfort" also?
Access to the engine
HAS to be rated with a comfort factor! Some of those in which only a professional contortionist can <do something simple
> (CF of minus #) compare badly to those with spacious access, for instance, the engine
under a large hatch
in the center-cockpit wherein the boom can lift
the engine up easily, etc., etc. CF high#.
And then there are the ones where major destruction of joinery must happen before <some thing can be done>. CF 3-digit negative #.
As to "getting there faster". OK, if that's what you want. I thought 'getting there was 1/2 (or more) the fun'. And in fact, planning the trip can be a substantial amount of the joy too.
How to correlate the Comfort Factor to the Safety
Factor? On second thought, don't go there. There are likely to be 50 replies with 75 solutions!