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Re: Keel weight
I would not make it heavier, but lighter and deeper, to make the boat lighter also.
With all due respect, designing the shape, weight distribution, and supporting structure for the keel is one of the more complex design and engineering aspects of designing a boat. The quote a above suggests you probably do not have an adequate understanding of the way the loads work to safely design a keel and its attachments.
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