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Old 03-13-2013
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Re: Full or fin keel?

Hmmmmm, so if building an old boat out of newer space age materials is still making it an old boat design......Why the hell are folks building the old "J-Boat" from the early 1900 America's cup boats?!?!?!?!? Or has the rules of the J-class boats changed such that they can? I thought the basic design, specs etc were kept the same, but hulls made of aluminum, carbon spars, laminate sails etc, but still needing to come in using the original design specs of that class.

I did see a full'ish keel boat today, boy was that a deep sucker! 6-7' on a mid 30' boat. Meanwhile a bit earlier a DuFour 34(e) was put in the water that has a blinking shoal keel! Shallower than my 28' boat. Has a blinken gift rating to boot! I can still beat it boat for boat, when it should be a good minute a mile faster than me! But that is another story.

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