Just wondering why the new moulded boats still have bilge keels? Most of the hulls move between water and trolley and it's a bit like having an appendix; probably useful once but not relevant any more.
Posted: 16/02/2007 21:17:42
Is anyone going to be fished in by this or should we just post a link to one of the many "carbon/tin/smooth/lead" debates usually kicked off by a late night forum dweller well into his 3rd or 4th can?
Posted: 16/02/2007 22:05:04
Turn it on it's head: why shouldn't the new moulded boats have bilge keels?
Posted: 17/02/2007 08:09:48
Or just turn somersaults- why have planks?
Posted: 17/02/2007 12:30:53
By: The dark side
Why have a rudder, it only slows the boat down when you move it??
Posted: 19/02/2007 10:18:44
By: OH for a faster boat
I thought this was a discussion forum. Not everyone has a back history to the development and changes that have occured to the Merlin Rocket.
Posted: 19/02/2007 17:27:38
The N12s removed bilge keels and keels, as most will know.
Posted: 19/02/2007 17:51:13
If you look at the modern merlins the bilge keels have been altered to the extreams of the rules to aid in strait line stability, and keep the boat more stable in a windy gybe, boats witout keels tend to be very skitish on gybing in heavy winds.
Posted: 19/02/2007 20:54:54
By: Dave F