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post #4 of Old 08-26-2002
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High ballast to displacement ratios

I think that 5 feet of draft on a 38 footer, in the absense of a K/Cb or bulb, Scheel or wing keel, is a very shallow draft. Normally I think of a range of 5''6 to 6''0 being about the minimum for a good preforming, offshore capable, conventional keel 38 footer. Obviously these deeper drafts can be problematic in some venues such as the Florida West Coast where these boats originate.

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