Handling Characteristics

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Handling Characteristics

Post by marklees » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:16 pm

Hi

I am interested in a Corsair 36 for sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. She looks great, we are looking for a good weekender for a family with a year old (and large lab). My only concern is whether she is a bit too heavy for the type of sailing we are looking to do, which is day sailing with friends. Nothing long term or blue water. I would be interested in anyone's opinion.

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Mark

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Re: Handling Characteristics

Post by Nigel Birch » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:50 pm

The RYA handicap list might give you a clue. Download their base numbers spreadsheet (in the right hand panel) and sort on the Base number you can then see what she's comparable to. Obviously these handicaps are derived from british conditions...

http://www.rya.org.uk/racing/Pages/NHC.aspx

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Re: Handling Characteristics

Post by marklees » Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:50 pm

Thanks Nigel.

My concern is that the Chesapeake Bay is quite different from the UK. I actually grew up sailing in Torquay, and even the English Riviera is a bit chilly for me these days.

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Re: Handling Characteristics

Post by Uncle Albert » Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:32 pm

I would have thought that if you have at least 10-15 knots of wind then its weight will be immaterial to in regard to its handling. It should be a very stable platform for socialising. (and the dog would be happier too I guess).

What conditions do you expect to use it in? They are heavy and need a bit of a blow to get any performance out of them, (come to think of it nearly all Westerlys need a bit of wind to show their true colours!!)
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