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Unless you are planning on racing a fair bit, the performance issue is not a big one. The difference between a specific boat with a shoal keel and the same boat with a fin keel is usually measured in the single digits (per mile). You need to be a very good sailor to take advantage of this.
If you like the boat - buy it and don't worry much about the keel. If it was designed to sail with a shoal keel then chances are it will work well.
BTW - a properly designed wing keel will provide slightly better off-wind performance than a fin...
Last edited by Sailormann; 08-17-2007 at 01:02 AM.