Curator of Broken Parts
Hmm... maybe time to figure out how to set up that "guard zone" thingie on the radar.
IMO, If you hit anything fast enough and hard enough then there will be damage. The Titanic comes to mind.Great story, Christian.
On the topic of underwater destruction, it got me thinking about the difference in Keel types. Is it true that a full keel can be more impervious to impact or damage, versus a slimmer keel design, or even dagger board design?
Retracting keels seem to be in fashion right now, curious about that too.
You are right, of course. But perhaps it is also good to view this with some perspective. Otherwise you may construct a "strength graph" with only two vessels: a heavy and ponderous Westsail 32 at one end and at the other end that former AC boat that split in the middle from rigging pressure. In reality the strength curve is somewhat like the potential curve for showing what is/is not a "Blue Water" boat. This is argued endlessly and to silly extremes on the internet, and often by people who have spent no time 'out there'. (IMHO)IMO, If you hit anything fast enough and hard enough then there will be damage. The Titanic comes to mind.