Re: Sylph - Prof Howard Rice's sailing canoe
From what I have seen most cat sailors are interested in all out speed way more than they are interested in camp-cruising. I personally fear cruising long distances in beach cats for two reasons: lack of easy paddling, and lack of internal storage space (slightly illogical since there is plenty of space on the tramp).
Originally Posted by Dan St Gean
Wait one more: lack of long term comfort (nowhere to sit "upright").
You could fix this by giving up those slim efficient hulls for beamier ones that will take more gear etc., but at that point you might as well do a trimaran. (Ray and Dan may disagree naturally :-)... once you have two big hulls, it loses the advantages of lightweight, easy transport, low cost, and probably speed.
Really interesting about swamping the canoes before a squall. Would the polynesians then just do as howard did and hang on for dear life? What about if the rough weather didn't blow through in "15 minutes"? Wouldn't a swamped canoe get more dangerous after several hours? (hypothermia, getting separated from the canoe, etc.)?
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