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Sailboat Stability


The basics of sailboat stability are rooted in some fairly simple physics. However, it becomes complex rapidly when considering hull shapes, ballast type and placement, dynamic effects of waves, the effect of heeling on any boats handling characteristics, and other factors. Most important may be the emotional effect of heeling on the boats crew! It is no wonder that most sailors skip over the simple beginnings and launch directly into a justification of their prejudices (and all sailors have them) regarding hull shapes, ballast, etc etc.  more...


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