Another concept that 82 years of development doesn't defy is the notion that speed comes at the expense of stability. One of our better builders and racers, Joe Bousquet, best summed up the Moth racer's dilemma: "fast boats are like fast women; both can be terribly exciting at times but neither one is particularly wholesome." This is one of the reasons why not every Moth Boater is sailing the hottest, fastest design. Not everyone has the temperament or boat handling skills to keep up with the most extreme examples of race boat. Gen II Moths are not all that pleasant to sail. Like thoroughbred horses or F1 race cars, they are no compromise racing machines.
How tippy are the Gen II boats you ask? Basically these boats have such limited static stability that if you let go of the boat at the dock it will capsize. While stability is a relative term in Moth Boat racing circles, the Generation I Classic designs typically have generous enough water lines and amounts of wetted surface to be more user friendly than the Gen II boats. One of the appealing aspects of all this design diversity is that there is a design which appeals to almost any normal sized youth or adult sailor with reasonable boat handling skills. With this introduction in mind let's take a look at a few examples of Gen I and Gen II boats. Photo credits: Amy Linton, Amy Parker, Len Parker, Bob Patterson and Elisabeth Albaugh.
|Two photos of Bob Patterson's Gen II Duflos design. This boat was designed by Benoit Duflos and combines a sharp stem and round bilge with very narrow waterlines. The Duflos is fast but challenging to build and sail.|
|This is a nice bow on shot of Derek Dudinsky's Mousetrap with Derek attempting to relax in between races. When this boat is being sailed flat on her lines, there's not much boat in the water.|
|Greg Duncan's CAROLINA HYBRID is another attempt to find that sweet spot that lies somewhere between speed and comfort.|
|Lewis Hay's Europe has retained her original flat fore deck and unstayed or "free standing" mast. The Europe is also a Gen I boat.|