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Old 11-15-2013
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Re: Full Keel

We all take self bailing cockpits for granted these days, but when I started sailing, the jury was still out on self bailing cockpits. The argument was that self bailing cockpit were much shallower than non self bailers and that the deeper cockpits were safer. Race boats like the Dragons, Luder 16, Folkboat, and many small cruisers were built with these deep cockpit.

A friend of mine sailed his Folkboat derivative with its non-bailing cockpit from England to France. When it came time for him to sail home the French authorities forbid him to leave and chained the boat to the dock as unsafe for the passage. His response occured after dark when he decided that he carried the big bolt cutters for reasons other than cutting away the rig after a demasting.

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