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Re: Catalina wing keel or fin keel?
One difference between the wing and the fin is that when you go aground with the wing, it digs into the bottom and you usually stay stuck. With a fin, which is what we have, we have always been able to just plow through with no problems.
Another difference is the draft. Your boat won't draft as much with a wing keel and that is usually preferable if you sail in shallow water.
This keeps coming up, but it hasn't been our experience sailing on shallow Barnegat Bay.
So far we've had no problems getting off when we've bumped bottom.
I really think the difference is overstated, though some claim a difference between mud and sand, that I'm not sure about as we didn't go aground with her on the Chesapeake.
95 Catalina 30 Island Time
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