Saturday, April 26, 2014
Here is the first of what I expect will be a series of videos from RS Sailing about different aspects of the RS Aero design. This one is about the hull.
I'm not a boat designer so I don't totally understand all the implications of some of the technical details discussed here. Perhaps some of my more expert readers can weigh in on such questions as….
Does a long chine really make the boat extremely stable on all points of sailing? And what do they mean by stability? It's easy to steer it in a straight line or it's hard to capsize it?
Does the fact that a heavier person won't have much more wetted surface than a light person mean that the boat will be almost as fast in light airs for a heavy sailor? Especially considering he might well be sailing with a larger sail?
Did I hear Jo right? The chine "peels the spray off" which "reduces the spray drag on the topsides"? I had never heard of spray drag on topsides before. Is that a euphemism for "waves smashing into the sailor's head is not fast"? Does this mean it will be a drier ride than a Laser?
What's the significance of that point about planing with the bow high "keeps a very safe manner of sailing for all skills"? It won't capsize very easily on a reach? The bow won't dig into the waves downwind?
Spot any other interesting features about the boat?
Any idea where this video was shot?