Have none of the 'fin-keeler' supporters got a picture of what they think is an attractive yacht?
By the way, I used to think Halberg-Rassey's were good looking boats, and I quite fancied owning one, but then I saw one out of the water and was horrified to see it didn't have a 'proper' keel so I went right off them.
"All things are relative"
Having been highly complimentary about the appearance of the boat that was pictured - but remarking that the underwater profile was similar to a boat I sailed once that sailed like a dog, I am at a loss...
Presumably we are allowed to speak the truth about sailing boats that we have sailed?
Wishing things away is not effective.
Equally there are some superb looking fin and skeg of fin and spade boats where the proportions of the topsides are really elegant - Swans, most things S&S or at the more prosaic end (for example) a Sunbeam 34. HR can be very elegant (not all) - but the shape of the keel and underwater is to an extent irrelevant - the sign of a good boat is one that fulfils its design function and is pleasing on the eye.
Often called the RAF (Row away factor) and no individual shape has a monoploly over that, although individual observers may have preferences.
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To get back to John Morris's original musing, what's the fascination with.....17.000 views and counting, someone's interested.
Btw Tranona my last boat fulfilled all the value/space/ok builder/performance criteria ( v fin and spade too) but was just SO ugly that I rebuilt the stern , adding two feet and a tad of sartorial elegance. More RAF and less Ow Gawd!
Why argue with a nautical wall? I just read the graffiti these days.
"Beauty" really is in the eye of the beholder. I first saw my Eventide moored off Shipstal Point in 1978 and though one day I might own a boat like that. Bought it in 1980 and still have it, and no intention of ever selling. Every time just about that I take it out in the harbour I get admiring reactions.
I also have photos of my Bavaria in various exotic Med locations and still have to pinch myself to remind me that I also own that - and what a great boat it is - not just for the good visual proportions, but for the years of enjoyment I have had - and still have - from it. Will be out sailing on it this weekend, regrettably not in the Med.
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