Tracking

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Tracking

Tracking refers to the ability of a vessel to maintain a straight course (track) with a minimum of correction. Vessels tend to track better with more length, higher L/B ratio's, larger underwater longitudinal areas (i.e., keels, keelsons and skegs), larger control surfaces (rudders) and smaller exposure to wind and waves (low windage and hullforms which more effectively break the seas). Generally, increased tracking is a trade-off for decreased manovreability.

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