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post #24 of Old 11-27-2013
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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."

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Concerning the above statement from an earlier post...while I haven't measured the rudder as compared to the keel, when viewing her on the hard the rudder seems as deep, but not deeper, than the keel. I would even say that the rudder is slightly shallower than the keel. This was all eyeball though. If a main advantage of a wing is a shallower draft, I would like to think that the designers at Catalina would have at least made the keel as deep, if not deeper, than the rudder. There are quite a bit of wing-keeled Catalinas here in FL, and I haven't heard of rudder shafts bending/breaking due to rudders being deeper than the keels - not the I would though...
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