This year’s new boat fleet featured several boats with aft sections that had more than a hint of hard chine. The question is: Do these creases in the hull improve performance? The answer is: The added buoyancy aft may help the hull dig in on upwind beats, and be flat and fast downwind, but by the looks of the chines we saw in Annapolis, creating hull lines with a more modern and angular look may have been just a important as performance considerations. Check out the chines.
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