E381 - Los Angeles
I had the same impression at the latest boat show as well. The Beneteaus, Jeanneau's etc etc were nearly identical with Ikea quality finishings and style. Interlocking cabin floorboards of oddly placed, creaky floor panels. So many are clearly designed for the charter market.Looking through these things at the boat show, I get the strong feeling that I'm walking through an Ikea store.
That narrower waterline aft makes your design go to weather with minimal wake and resistance - well, up a point - but there is some penalty off the wind in heavy air.I wonder if the thing can surf? The only thing about the design on Cinderella I wish was different would be if she could surf. I noticed out in the pacific if you powered up the rig too much she would get wobbly as the hull tried to dissipate the extra energy charging down the swells. I realize it's a compromise and she goes great to weather, but damn would it be a blast to really move downwind and not worry about overpowering everything. I hear the Olsons can do it pretty well. Maybe I'm just not willing to put that much power in the rig...
Cindy won't heave to very well at all. Maybe we didn't have her balanced very well, but under a double reefed main and storm jib in 30kts, she would just sail right out of it. The fully battened main would power right up and around she would come. I imagine conditions that I wouldn't want to sail in would be pretty rough to heave to in.In the first good storm that you have to hove to in, you will appreciate that narrow stern The bow will rise up the waves instead of getting buried because the stern won't drop. There's a reason good cruisers don't have max beam sterns. Planning is fun, though.