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From: Brayden Woods, Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002
Subject: Hull Stiffening

Beyond the Keel sump issue (up to about SVM hull #30) are there other problems? Do all boat require "stiffening", isn't there a more attractive way to do this - other than having a glass tube span your cabin? I will be sailing on Lake Ontario (light to medium winds are the norm).

From: Kent Gardam, Foghorn Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002
Subject: RE: Hull Stiffening

Again, the Tartan boats don't need the stiffening. It's built in. That's part of the reason why they are at least a few hundred pounds more than the early Soverel built ones. Not sure how far back in the build history that the stiffening is required although Peter d'Anjou told me that he considered the later Soverel built boats in the "Signature" series as being the best of the Soverel 33's in his opinion.

We sail Foghorn, Tartan hull #82, on Lake Erie in lots of light to medium winds but also good old Lake Erie chop. So far it seems to me that any of the boats can be competitive, the ability of the sailors, the quality of the rags, and the decisions on the race course seem to make a lot more difference than the hulls.

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