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Re: Catalina wing keel or fin keel?
We have a C28 with a wing keel, which in my opinion is quite desirable here in Florida, where shallow water is everywhere. I agree with all of the above posts...the main consideration for a wing would be the depth where you sail. If you have plenty of depth and it is not a consideration, general consensus is that the fin will point higher, perhaps be a little stiffer, and be slightly lighter. The above observation is correct that wings are usually heavier to compensate for the shallower draft.
I can't comment on whether the wing is more difficult to get unstuck if grounded...but how often does one run aground?
Yeah, when shoal water is not an issue, the fin keel wins every time. But, when sailing in shoal water, give me the shoal draft keel, no matter how you configure it.
On the northern Gulf of Mexico.
"Best thing to do is get her out on the ocean. If anything's gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there." Captain Ron Rico