Has anyone attempted to create daggerboards or center board(s) for their Getaway in an effort to point higher? Better question, was your attempt effective?
I have an idea that would be somewhat temporary that "might" work. My concern is that it would involve the makeshift daggerboards being fixed at about 70 degrees instead of 90 degrees. I don't know enough about the physics of sailing but I'm curious if a catamaran had daggerboards that were positioned at 70 instead of 90 degrees would this be less or more effective than the typical 90 degree design found on Hobie 18's, 17 sports, Wildcats etc. Furthermore, I've seen versions of modern daggerboards that curve inward towards the center of the vessel. So I'm curious, if daggerboards have no curvature and are at 70 degrees would this design be more effective at pointing higher than a typical "90 degree no curvature design?"
My makeshift design would be simple and unobtrusive to the structure of the vessel since I'm mostly looking to test the theory of the design rather than destroy my beloved Hobie Getaway. The design involves positioning a simple 5 foot wooden paddle between the wing seats and the hull right where the 7 hole adjusters are for the shrouds. Then secure the paddle at the wing seat and the 7 hole adjuster with LOTS of duct tape (Never under estimate the power of duct tape.) Ofcourse, some sort of protective cloth would need to be placed over the wing seat and 7 hole adjuster so there wouldn't be any duct tape residue left over after use. In addition, a protective cloth of sorts where the paddle touches the hull to prevent rubbing or scratches. Lastly, this fixed design would need to be installed in water deep enough to clear the paddle in the water.
Has anyone else tried something like this? Or know of the angle of the makeshift daggerboard would be effective? As almost any other sailor I'm curious about the variations of designs that may increase the pointing abilities of a sailboat.
What are your thoughts?
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