Originally Posted by redbopeep
Getting away from leeboard issues--in terms of stability, that particular boat looks to be very sensitive to loading, IMHO. Its a "canoe" design and probably wonderfully fast but with questionable stability for bluewater sailing. Herreshoff designed some nice shoal draft boats--I suppose they are great for the shallow SE US as well as parts of the Caribbean where you could island hop without doing too much in the way of long passages. Monroe also designed numerous shoal draft boats--most with centerboards--for those cruising waters. The Monroe boats weren't known for their bluewater capabilities, just their gunkholing.
Have fun looking at boats
... to come back to the lee boards...
guess, they are around just in shallow and protected coastal waters for good reasons. Lee boards were developed along coasts and estuaries with shallow and to some extend protected waters. *So they originated in the Netherlands (fox 1956
might know more about it), but in smaller sizes and out of wood also further east along the Wadden Seas of the North Sea shores and its river estuaries. Their abilities to go to windward are not breathtaking and they don't have enough ballast. If they capsize, they really need outside help.*
There are many lee boarders around as traditional boats - the big units mostly doing professional charter business and as far as I know they are licenced only to cruising in protected coastal waters. Even though there ar many of them around in European waters (North Sea and Baltic) they are never seen seriously off shore.