Because it was designed by a committee which is what is happening to this boat. The committee are members of HBBR who are chipping in with their tuppenceworth. So as a result the following changes have been made. The beamiest section has been moved aft together with the centre of buoyancy which makes sense as that's where the maximum load (me) is likely to be sitting. The height of the stem is approx 15inches above the waterline and the freeboard is only about 8inches which isn't much soi think its back to the drawing board again. More soon. If yo'd like to join in the debate sign up on the HBBR Yahoo Group, there's a link on the right hand column.