A very interesting thread, especially when one disregards the 'trenches'. A man who must have been much wiser than I is reported to have quipped "It's not the ships, it's the men who sail them".

P.S. One of my boats is a bilge-keeler (Westerly Centaur) while the other one has 2 tonnes of lead encapsulated in a 'fin' and a rudder on a skeg (Wauquiez Centurion 32). I can't really complain about either one of them.