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Re: Full Keel
Sure, there is nothing like reality and I don't know the fin keel you are talking about (or the wing keel) but that is an exception in what regards the typical deep fin keels and typical swallow wing keel, the ones that are used by most designers. Why?
Because otherwise all will be racing with low draft wing keels. I don't know of any boat with a version of low draft wing keel that has not a significantly higher rating (PHRF) so if the boats had the same performance it would be a lot easier to sail the wing keel to the higher rating, even sail easily over it and win all the races.
Boats with fin keel and big draft would not stand a chance: Their performance would be similar and the rating a lot lower, I mean the PHRF number would be lower. They would win all races on compensated time and would be as fast on the water.
That is not what happens.
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Last edited by PCP; 11-01-2013 at 10:42 PM.