Thanks for all your responses gentlemen!
I think I'm almost there.
George, in the other thread, you indeed already mentioned the fact that Seaview
is in a class of its own with both bow planes and sail planes. I agree that it is probably best not to link them and keep the sail planes for depth control only.
Mike, you're absolutely right, too: talking to those with experience in building and sailing this boat would be an enormous help! Unfortunately, attending a regatta is not within my reach
But exchanging ideas and experiences through these forums is an excellent next-best solution, as all your responses clearly show.
As far as contacting Mr Merriman is concerned: I have ordered his instructional DVD's from Caswell's which should help considerably. Unfortunately, they are being delayed somewhat because of problems producing one of the DVD's, but I'm sure they will get here in the end. If they leave questions unanswered (which I rather doubt, given Mr. Merriman's thorough approach of things), I will contact him directly.
Junglelord, the idea of deflectors in the nacelles might also help, but I would prefer to try and tackle the problem at its origin, i.e. the bow, first. Thanks for your suggestion, though.
SubCulture, as far as I can judge at the moment, there is not enough room in the WTC for a weight/ballast shifting system. The same applies for outside the WTC....
So, to summarize, I am thinking of starting with this configuration: bow and stern planes functional, linked and connected to an APC, but not to a channel (the way George described), sail planes functional and linked to an ADC.
That leaves me with one more question. If I remember correctly, bow and stern planes work in opposite directions (when bow planes are in upward position, the stern planes are in downward position and vice versa). Am I right?