Cam, i just noticed your tagline says ex-moderator. You missed being part of the crowd didn't you
Man I love to get you guys riled up. Obviously i think Donna is a better sailor...she does have an Southern Cross after all! I don't agree that the bilge keels don't add stability though. My reading comprehension skills are just fine...so far 24 1/2 books for the year...mostly about sailing
I have read in several places that the bilge keels DO add stability and balast...just look at a hull design with them. Two large heavy steel plates hanging almost vertically off of the bottom of the hull will inevitably add stability to any boat design. If they are part of the original design, removing them would skew the design #'s and decrease the stability and capsize ratio.