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post #671 of Old 03-12-2013
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Re: Full or fin keel?

To get to know my boat better I put up too much sail to see what I could learn........firstly it takes alot to get the boat over to 40 (from it's preferred 30 degrees) and keep it would round up when it got over to 45 degree.
Because of the weight of my boat it isn't affected as much by 2'chop as would a light weight fin keel (someone mentioned the "pounding" fin keels were known for earlier in this thread). There is alot of flare at the bow with the original intention of keeping the cockpit dry, the extra buoyancy there would case problems if the boat did not have a decent amount of chain in the chain locker (some lighter boats are designed with the intention of rode/chain combinations)....I have heard it refereed to as "saucy". Going into 15' waves at about 4kts under power, the cockpit remained relatively.
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