Colin on Good Design

Thinking of buying a boat to sail offshore? Before you do so you need to read this Series in which Colin, who has sailed scores of different boats offshore, examines the difference between a boat that will work fine inshore and one that can go to sea, comfortably and safely.

Internal Volume—Too Much In The Wrong Place?

As Colin writes, if the huge internal volume in a lot of modern sailboats was used to increase storage capacity, it might be somewhat justified. But if all of it is taken up with berths and shower units, then where does all the ‘stuff’ go?

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Volume—And Its Effects

Colin discusses the implications for sailing performance and general boat handling of high freeboard, a wide coachroof, and beam carried well aft.

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