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Posted by Mark Camp on Feb 17, 2005
Hmm good point. That would explain it.
Having already displayed my brilliance earlier by declaring that Lightning's would be just PERFECT for S and G (Brother John of CLC pointed out that they are actually LOUSY for S and G, and somehow I think he outranks me on experience??) I hesitate to offer more proof.
But: yeah, plank on frame construction kind of "reverses" some of the goodness of wood as an engineering material. At least for dinghy racing. A planked boat tends to deform in a way called (I think) "racking". Glass, cold-molded, or s and g can't do that. To picture it, grab a piece of fiberglass cloth and stretch it, but diagonally to the weave. It looks cool the way it distorts, but its not whatcha call rigid.
In Response to: Re: sailboats by terry on Feb 17, 2005