bombing down wind

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  1. jon hansen

    jon hansen

    Joined May 25, 2012
    2,093 posts, 1,817 likes
    john alden caravelle 42
    us sturgeon bay, wis

    running not beating

  2. Ken13559


    Joined Oct 29, 2005
    1,934 posts, 76 likes
    Hunter 326
    SG Singapore
    shouldn't the bow crew be in cockpit? The bow seems low. Should get bow up by having all crew in cockpit. Right? Otherwise must have been a fun sailing day.

  3. Davidasailor26


    Joined May 17, 2004
    1,735 posts, 448 likes
    Beneteau Oceanis 37 LE
    US Havre de Grace
    Some hull designs (the star class for example) prefer to have some weight forward when running. I've heard both that it increases waterline length and reduces wetted surface aft.

  4. waterpirate


    Joined Sep 6, 2015
    110 posts, 20 likes
    Unknown snipe
    US delaware bay
    I would firmly be in the camp of, get the bow up.

  5. Daveinet


    Joined Sep 20, 2014
    1,038 posts, 222 likes
    Rob Legg RL24
    US Chain O'Lakes
    Depends on the boat. A good planing boat will have a lot of buoyancy in the bow. Puting the weight forward will make it plain sooner. The reason hull speed exist is because the bow needs to climb over the wave. The thing that prevents this is the fact that the back of the boat sinks, which makes the front of the bow plow through the water, rather than climb up over it. You end up trying to push the whole water line vertically through bow wave. Lift the rear of the boat out of the water keeps the boat more level and keeps it from plowing. The video looks a little excessive, but there is not much freeboard on the boat, so it looks worse than it is.

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  6. Chief RA

    Chief RA

    Joined Nov 26, 2012
    2,278 posts, 88 likes
    Catalina 250
    US Bodega Bay CA
    With my Clipper Marine 26 we had to get the bow up to walk the wake back until the wave walked under the stern. This can be assisted by balancing crew weight fore or aft as the wake walks aft but never could get on plane unless bow came out and up first. Chief

  7. Tally Ho

    Tally Ho

    Joined Jan 7, 2011
    1,368 posts, 289 likes
    Oday 322
    US East Chicago, IN
    Looked like a ton of fun!

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