Ok i have read this whole thread. Good stuff. Ratings are subjective yada yada all true and more. So, I had this crazy thought...What if you take two boats in question and sail a measured mile upwind, mile reach and mile downwind each. Compare the times. Do this at 5Knts, 10 knts and 20 knts preferably. Yes it may take time.. Switch crews on these days and sail the other boat for a comparsion. I'm not sure why we can't have a format where the boats are measured for their ACTUAL performance not their perceived performance by handicappers in a room somewhere who may have never seen the boat. Just sayin, there must be a way to do this based on actual sailing speeds and boat's characteristics and not the skipper and crew ability, sails, clean bottom etc etc..
Ideas? Hope i'm not too crazy here..
Lead slug sailor
Not crazy. I may suggest this to our fleet. The VX One and J/70 now have ratings here, and my PHRF rep didn't think my Viper rating should change, so we ended up with:
099 J/92s (keelboat reference)
099 Melges 24
102 Viper 640
105 J/92 (keelboat reference)
108 VX One
111 Audi Melges 20
111 J/29 Masthead Rig (keelboat reference)
114 J/29 Fractional Rig/Penalty Pole (keelboat reference)
120 J/80 (keelboat reference)