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post #736 of Old 03-20-2013
CapnBilll
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Re: Full or fin keel?

Are we still discussing fin vs full?

I can add some more input. Having recently gone through a storm on a fin keeler, I can say one of the problems I had was difficulty staying on chosen point of sail due to yawing induced by crossing waves. The boat would pivit on the fin, and the rudder was inadequate to counteract this force.

A longer keel would have been less tiring to steer in this condition, and would have made better way....but I still made it. Other than the yawing the boat didn't do anything else unexpected.

So even though even though fins have their advantages, there are times a full keel has the advantage.

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