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post #708 of Old 03-14-2013
mergens
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Re: Full or fin keel?

I have a Crealock designed Dana 24. It has what can be considered a full keel, but with the foremost section cutt away. Despite their small size,these boats are exceptional for their ocean going capability.

I,ve sailed sevaral fin keel designs in deliveries and have noted their less than stellar behavior when beating into head seas. The relatively flat hull shape forward makes hard slams rather than slicing through the seas. Big shakes and slams are indications of stress and have got to be more fatiguing structurally
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