Well AK has done most if not all of the rig and sail plan alterations you suggest. RM issues could be solved without adding weight by either a T-keel or upside down keel similar to the Davidson 29 - which has the same weight but much lower VCG than the trapezoidal one on the Dash. The trapezoidal keel was one of the developments of IOR that unfortunately caught on as a racy look with a lot of production boats. An efficient planform - but results in a high VCGAdd a carbon rig and rigging, better foils, fathead main, masthead asym and remove all non-essential weight, and the boat would be very fast. The limiting factor is the hull, which wasn't vacuum bagged during build and is too heavy to be really fast. Add enough ballast to solve the righting moment problem and the boat is overall too heavy to be quick. CBTF?
I mentioned the upside down keel idea to Ross when we were out sail testing a J/29 and he said that funnily enough Juan K. suggested an upside down keel back in the day when Ross had a Dash.
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