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To correct the record.....
Originally Posted by Jeff_H
Then there is the whole grounding issue. In 2002, the Naval Academy did a study of keel types and grounding. They found that the popular perception that wing keels are harder to free is accurate. In their study, wing keels were extremely harder to free. Straight fins were much easier to free, especially when heeled, and the easiest keel to free was the bulb keel.
Jeff -- How about correcting your boilerplate by removing the above statement? As you know, that Naval Academy study did not mention wing keels at all. It compared a fin keel to a bulb keel for the design that became the new Navy 44. It wasn't done specifically to study grounding anyway.
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