Re: Full or Shoal Keel on New Oyster 575?
How about 5' on a 43' boat? We have a bene DS43 in the fleet, I can out point that on by some 10*. At a race afew weeks back, while they did the same 2 mile or so upwind leg in the same amount of time i did, they had to sail at least 50% more distance than I did! so not sure where the 40 secs a mile they have on me helps them!
sailing is fun, to me make it fun from your stand point. For me, the faster I can go, more upright etc is the way to do it, Deep keels make this and easier option than a shoal with a in mast furling like the 43ds I have mentioned. Or the C28II. THe T2's frankly do move along and those boats are hard to beat. They might have a bit of a gift rating, or since the owners have owned them for a LONG time, they probably know every current, how to set the sails perfect ea time etc.......
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!