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post #3 of Old 09-17-2007
tweitz
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I have a fairly new Beneteau Oceanis 323 with a lifting keel. The lifting keel option comes with twin rudders rather than a single rudder, in part to assure that there is enough rudder surface without making the rudder deeper than the keel. Although it is less important to most people in my sailing area (Northeastern United States), I do recall seeing a reference in one of the European brochures that the boat will settle nicely on the keel stub and the twin rudders in a drying out situation. I know the lifting keel option has been around for a few years, so it might be well worth your while to explore it.
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