The increased keel weight would have an adverse effect on speed, fuel efficiency, rig safety, freeboard , and safe capacity.
The boat particularly shines heading into a chop where her fine entry, high freeboard and rounded chine combine to produce a smooth ride in all but the most extreme conditions.
So, what we have here is a leaky, criminally overcrowded boat with minimal freeboard hitting a storm, losing power and wallowing wildly.
As he scaled the side he noticed a marked increase in the freeboard - testament to the weight they had just divested.
In addition, the ironclad had little freeboard , so it was susceptible to being swamped.
While it makes little difference in calm waters, in any sort of sea condition other than calm, the more freeboard you have, the better off you are.
A canoe caught broadside to big waves and without realistic freeboard can be a big problem especially if the canoe isn't a buoyant.
The torpedo tubes were built into the prow, with a high freeboard providing good protection from the waves.
A proper freeboard is essential for stability.
Apart from being on the Atlantic Ocean, a few miles offshore, in a punt with very little freeboard , it was straightforward enough, without too much to fear, except when it was time to return to base.