Originally Posted by PBzeer
Simply from my observations, and not from any theoretical standpoint, if you'll be doing a lot of manuvering (in and out of slips, narrow channels, etc) a fin would be better. If you're passagemaking then the full would seem to work better. That though, is simply my opinion.
Currently at 34 12 22 N 77 48 01 W, Wrightsville Beach, NC
I guess that's the point I was fumbling towards, PB. I work on the premise that in the immediate future my cruising will be mainly coastal and spending around every second or third day at anchor, rather than ocean passages. Ergo, the compromise of a fin/skeg over a fin/spade seems to make sense. On the other hand if the "right" boat ended up having a full keel I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.
Full keel also is going to draw less than a fin under normal circumstances and that can have its advantages of course.