Lady Bug is a speed machine. One time I even passed a Melges 24 (ummm, at the dock). So in the back of my mind, I kept thinking....yeah what if I really have a sportboat, not some stock heavy massive-production mid-70s daycruiser? Lady Bug might be a sportboat.
Every year that I sign up for the Three Bridge Fiasco, I look at the link on their site: Sportboat Calculator. I figure there's some exotic formula lurking back there involving top speed when falling off a wave, height of the skipper, sail area, quality of the beer in the cooler, and number of blog hits per day. In my revelry, I fantasize that Lady Bug might just qualify. And I don't click because I don't want this fantasy ruined.
Well, today I clicked. It asks for LWL and displacement. Crap. I have 23 feet and 7000 pounds. Even I know that there is no way that 23 feet and 7000 pounds could be considered sporty in any endeavor outside of boulder-tossing. I know my Disp/LWL is 257, it's calculated on my PHRF certificate. What I didn't expect was the simple clarification that SSS' Calculator made: Boat is to be sailed in the SPORTBOAT class? NO. In capital letters no less.