Quite a few small sailboats called "20ft" by their manufacturer/designer are actually ~21ft overall, for example. And some 21ft designs have a waterline length of 20ft or less...
for the purpose of the small craft advisor $1,000 prize,
does 20ft mean:
-20ft hull waterline length?
Are (retractable or fixed) bowsprits or poles counted?
Are stern hung rudders that stick out behind the hull counted or not?
Any input greatly appreciated.
If this is not the right place to ask, could anyone point me in the right direction as to where I would attempt to get an answer to these questions.
Length on deck, as I understand it, is the overall length of the hull not counting bits that stick out. Also, a reversed transom or stem should not give you a shorter LOD than the actual length of the hull.
If a reverse transom does not count towards the LOD, then I would like to know soon so that I can increase my waterline length and still meet the rule.
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It sounds like the spirit of the "under 20'" prize is closely aligned with the definition of LOA given at this web page -- my favorite on the topic, especially due to its assessment of how discussions like this usually go!
Wouldn't you agree with the LOA in their nice schematic, Josh?
And their definition of LOA as a length that
"includes any bow or stern appendages that are a structurally integral part of the hull (eg. a swim platform or anchor pulpit moulded as part of the hull), but excludes bowsprits, boomkins, bolted-on pulpits and stern platforms, or other appendages that aren't an integral part of the hull itself."
Hadn't see this post. Yes, that's a good representation of our standard. You're right, it's not really LOD, nor is it what some define as LOA, but this LOA drawing is good since it includes length at transom but doesn't include bowsprit length past hull.
LH (length of hull) is what I think should be the standard, and it is pretty much exactly what was described in the third post.
In reading the bio for Team Yankee Peddlers it is apparent that the race organizers were aware that their Santana 20 was actually more than 20 ft in length. They say;
"Making the last twenty or so references irrelevant to them is the fact that their 20 feet (or so) of plastic sailing fantastic..."
So what gives? After repeatedly verifying the hard limit of 20 ft "and no more" a team that violates this rules is declared the winner, while the team that actually meets the rule is ignored.
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