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Old 08-14-2007
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Given that many boats offer shoal and deep draft versions, would it be possible to change the shoal version to a deep draft version? Would that prohibitively expensive? I understand the rudder may need to be changed out too.

This is assuming it's not poured in place, and is rather attached with keel bolts, and that the ballast is the same type of material between fin and shoal draft. (in order to stay within the original manufacturers design parameters).

It seems totally nuts, but this is sailnet, so maybe someone has tried it?
It has been done. Mars Metal is a good company to contact to explore the option. The keel itself may not be as expensive as having it shipped to you, lifting the boat, getting rid of the old one and refinishing the area...
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