Sunday, 7 December 2008

More Polbeiro pics

Once again working hard to carve a wedge of free time from a relentless grind I was rewarded with another polbeiro, this time from Barcelona’s maritime museum. No prizes for photography I’m afraid, but at least we can see that huge rudder. A foil this large and so positioned must surely bring the centre of lateral resistance way aft, giving the boat massive lee helm and making it a handful when sailing off the wind. However, maybe the fairly deep hull compensates. Were this blog a source of income, I’d obviously drop everything, drive the 1000km to Galicia, find and sail a polbeiro and report back with a faithful account of its performance under sail and oars. For the moment though we’ll have to be content with supposition and hypothesis.

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