Where I live, the biggest problem with sailing is exposure to the savage sun, but running a close second is being continually doused by water as you drive to windward. Yes, I know that we have a nice climate on the east coast of Australia (at least as far north as we are), but for a large part of the year the water is frequently very cold when it hits a hot body!
Most of the boats that I have sailed have had relatively blunt forward sections, and they tend to bash water into the air when butting into a wave, and the wind blows it back directly over the crew.
|Hard to windward with a deep reef tied in - relatively smooth water as we exit the harbour, but we are still getting wet!|
|My Alby design - lots of carrying capacity in a short hull|
|This is a nice design I built a few years back, but you can see that she pushes up a lot of water, even in light conditions|
|Here is another good example - a really nice design, but pushing up lots of water.|
When I was asked to design Phoenix III, I really wanted to keep the bow fine. In fact, it has become a bit of an obsession with me, although I do change my attitude when necessary (e.g. Alby and Whimbrel).
|Phoenix III showing her fine forward sections|
- Dryness when pushing to windward;
- Reduced pounding - something which is very important in a small and light-weight boat;
- Easily driven hull - particularly when under oars
|Paul Hernes in his Phoenix III under oars - he is too busy smiling, and should be rowing faster!|
|A clean and open interior|
A wonderful side-effect of the lapstrake construction method is that the laps produce a series of "spray rails" on the external surface of the hull.
|Fine forward sections and prominent laps on my Periwinkle design|
|Here is a good example of the effectiveness of the sharp forward lines and the "spray rail" action of the laps. This is another photo of Periwinkle.|
|Here, the crew of Periwinkle is a little too far forward for the conditions. In gentle winds their position would be ok, but I think the big mainsail was driving her down somewhat at the bow. However, she is still going nicely!|