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Re: Catalina wing keel or fin keel?
I don't want to raise a red flag if it's not deserved but does the rudder on the wing keel Catalinas extend deeper than the keel? I recall a friend of mine grounding his C28 and bending the rudder shaft. That would be enough for me to go with the fin keel.
Again, I can't claim to be an expert, maybe some the Catalina owners can add some information here.
Looking at some profile drawings it appears that the rudders are as deep, but not deeper, than the shoal keep option, even with a deep keel...
image from sailboatdata.com
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