The lump on the keel was an addition after she was sold. Quite a few peple have told me about the boat sitting on 20+ knots down the river so the boat could fly in the right conditions. It was sold and out of the state before my timeStiletto was a true POS. 50ish foot long with a short masthead rig in the middle of the boat. Keel had a squarish lump of iron on the bottom with the flow characteristics of a shopping trolley. Unless it was blowing a gale up her arse she couldn't get out of the way of an Optimist! Good riddance. h34r:
She was a 40 footer with a plum bow open stern and fin keel so some parts were well ahead of her time.
When it was first built the rig fell straight off it due to a design fault but it did some very hard long offshore races - and won them.Ouch Judge, a bit harsh. Water flows through shopping trolleys so they would have must less drag than the impervious hunk of scrap metal on the bottom of Stillborn's keel.
Would have made a great cruising boat... for anyone under about 3ft tall.
Probably right about the Opti though...