The last couple of years the Scow Bowed Sailboats have become popular in certain circles in Europe. A Scow Bowed Mini won the last Mini Transat and from there more and more designs have turned up on the water.
The newest is the Revolution 22 and 29
We get the science behind these boats as well as the space advantage, but boy, they do look like ducks in the water.
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