Boat Review

August 2014 Issue

A Stern Look at Sterns

In the January 2013 issue of Practical Sailor, we took a close look at the bow and noted the trend toward plumb stems, multiple furlers, and a longer resting waterline. We also recognized the tradeoffs involved, such as the need to perch the anchor further forward on a mini sprit or small strut in order to keep the flukes from chewing away at the topsides. When it comes to ground-tackle handling, it’s clear that for decades, cruisers have understood and retained a commitment to anchor deployment and retrieval—and designers and builders have responded appropriately. However, an even bigger shift in yacht design has overtaken the aft end of the modern production sailboat—and the implications are hard to miss.

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