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Pete
Melvin from Morrelli
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provides some good insight for you.

Q: You sometimes articles where an inquisitive amateur asks a question and
an "expert" provides an answer. I was reminded of this issue
again with the recent picture of the BT Team Ellen fleet showing two multis
with varying degrees of reverse rake bow and a monohull in the background
with a plumb bow. You may want to include this picture as part of the
article if you choose to run with it. I think others curious minds would
like to know:

I
have been curious for some time about the trend toward reverse rake bows
on multihulls. It seems counter-intuitive that multihull designers would
want to give up reserve buoyancy in the forward sections on craft that
have a tendency to pitch-pole. Yet, there must be some net gain besides
just looking cool. What are the pros & cons of reverse rake bows on
multihulls and why has this design characteristic not been adopted by
monohulls?

Thanks,

Jonathan Smith
Mystic, CT