I've only sailed in ocean water. Cape cod bay side. Every thing said prior to my post is 100% true. The water currents and wind change daily....even hour to hour. I don't sail far from shore, if i do its in a group.
Can be a whole lotta fun though if you use your head.
I don't race, but have used mine recreationaly for the last few years... less arm strain (on long sailing days) and i've kept an eye on wear and tear. Seems fine. I never liked the cleats. I like to sail, not swim.:)
Just a stupid thought...... How about a floating water tight tow behind if ya trying to bring things along? Suppose the rudder is a big factor.
The hatch idea seems like a good way to possibly ruin an otherwize water tight hull.
Just my humble opinion.
Was gonna try and find just one 4 oz. bottle.( don't need 4) I'm not that familiar with the products you've used. Its just surface scratches i'm dealing with. Do you have any more info. on the West Marine or other products?
Thanks in advance, Moe