paulnudd at actionpotential.com.au
Thu Nov 2 07:59:47 EST 2006
Bill Gibbs wrote:
> Old and long thread, which I did not just completely re-read.
> As I recall, prior discussions on this topic concluded that the "rule" was the primary determiner of advantage.
> Limit length, a tri can be faster.
> Limit beam, a cat can be faster.
> Limit $, a cat can be faster for the construction cost.
> Limit sail area, a cat can be faster
> Using length as a primary speed class criteria is a holdover from monohulls and hull speed limits. It has no more inherent validity
> with multihulls than any other parameter limit. It is a popular one though.
Just as racing multihulls against monohulls based on LOA is not valid,
so is racing cats against tris based on LOA.
Construction cost as the criteria seems to me to be the most sensible
method of comparison and on that criteria Rob Denney's proas are bound
to come out on top for performance per dollar.
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