Hi, this is perhaps directed to the canoe sailors and leeboard fans among us.I generally use a higher aspect single leeboard on my open canoes.
Last week had the pleasure of sailing in and about Asseteague and Chincoteague Islands in coastal VA. Particularly fond of Lil Oyster and Big Oyster Bays, also area around Asseteague Point entering Tom's Cove (one big ass body of water!).
I encountered some rather shallow areas and a hard bottom.......got me thinking that I'd like to explore having a teardrop shaped Dutch styled leeboard, something along the lines proposed by Todd on page 154 of his Canoe Rig. I understand that the max chord length might make such a board perform better in lighter winds as opposed to heavy breezes.
I mostly day trip and tour so race performance is not necessarily what I am after; just the ability to keep a larger immersed surface in the water, and not too far aft, when I 'm skimming along water on the order of 10" in depth....
Has anyone played around with such teardrop shaped leeboards?
All input appreciated.