Colin charters a sailboat and finds out what has gone wrong with production sailboat design.
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Offshore Sailboat Design
Thinking of buying a boat to sail offshore? Before you do so you need to read this Online Book 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. Reading this book could save you from making a terrible and expensive boat buying mistake.
Table of Contents:
Colin charters a sailboat with swept back spreaders and laments this boat design feature.
Colin discusses the implications for sailing performance and general boat handling of high freeboard, a wide coachroof, and beam carried well aft.
Colin talks about the importance of designing boats for safety and comfort while at sea, not just when in harbour.
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?