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Re: Island Packet and Cape Dory 33- 40 range.
that's fine CDinRI, I think most of us make comparisons of full keel boats against those that are fin keeled. For the longevity and or durability on oceans I think I'd sleep better knowing a full keel where under me; but that's just me saying things on no real basis of experience.
I understand and respect your point and recognize that it may generally be true but I also would respectfully suggest that the right fin keel can be just as stable, point higher and be faster. Speed isn't everything but faster passages can mean less time in poor weather. I have a fin keel that weighs five tons that I like to think gives a nice combination of performance and safety.