A question for the cognoscenti:
Is it better to have a sharp prow on a Footy, or is a rounded prow better? I have noticed that very few boats have a really sharp prow.
Because of the very low Reynolds numbers where Footies operate, I am guessing that the sharp prow has less drag as long as the boat is going straight. But if it is bouncing around or turning, the sharp prow might cause early flow separation and high drag. The rounded prow also adds a litle more flotation up forward, to counteract nose-diving. A sharp prow is also more susceptible to damage.
Footy #95 - Pepsi Torpedo (returned to township re-cycling bin)
Footy #140 - 3-Liter Torpedo (root beer bottle) - still competitive, partially retired
Footy #340 - Modified Bob-About 2 - actively competing
Footy #395 - Keel-Forward Footy with 14" water line