I have B.J.Porter's son here at that shack for two weeks. We have been corresponding by email for about a year and now he is here staying with me so I can teach him the tricks of the trade.
I have decided to start him out with some good ol'timey hand drafting. Just like the guys in Alden's and Rhodes' and S&S and Tripp's offices did. Real men, smoking pipes and wearing vests. Ok, I won't make Will smoke a pipe. Not yet anyway. We started this morning at 6am. We have been hard at it. Here is Will fathoming the mysteries of spline weights and splines. I figure he won't. learn this anywhere else and down the line it will help him with curves on the compooter.
I'd like to hear from someone who has sailed on one.
Do they ever sail with the keel partially canted?
Is the keel always at max cant?
I understand that in very light air some heel angle may be desirable. So as the wind builds do you slowly start increasing the cant angle? Do you cant the keel to achieve a fixed and pre-determined heel angle?
Not looking for theories. I'm looking for hands on experience. Are these boats so overpowered that they always require full cant? Doesn't look like I'm going to get the chance to race on one and I can't see me getting to design one. But, fuck it, I'm still curious.