I showed you the The Topsail’s Shields already in a earlier post, and I guess you’ll agree with me that she is a very beautiful boat in the IOD tradition. Since I made that post I keep her rezzed in my little private laboratory 😉 Because I like her so much and didn’t need the prims. Anyway, when I looked at her today something seemed odd. Dunno why I never noticed it before. But let’s play a game now, look at the boat …
… and then tell me isn’t the design a bit out of whack? Isn’t the mast sposed to be kinda atop the keel? I’m not an expert in naval architecture but that was always my understanding. Keep the mast as turning angle of the boat above it’s center of gravity. That in order to reach somewhat neutral sailing characteristics, to achieve better “roadholding”.
Now tell me doesn’t the boat, in this configuration, look like it would be terribly lee-helming? A thing one has to avoid like the plague. Best is for any boat to have a slight weather-helming tendency, alone for security reasons this makes sense.
So in my laywoman’s eyes I think the mast would belong a bit more astern, roundabout a bit in front of where the winches are located now. And when we forget about the long overhangs and just look at the waterline we see that my positioning would put the mast also kinda smackbang in the middle. For all I know that’d be good practice in boat design.
Okay, seems the Dragon and the original IOD aren’t following my design philosophy neither. But then look at the pretty modern fractional rigs with huge main and mini-jibs. These are also measures against leehelming. And I dunno if Mr. Topsail has maybe something even more radical in mind, but in my not so humble opinion all in all his mast is positioned too far forward.
But what does stupid Orca know, right?