Originally Posted by eMKay
That's a good looking boat, so it balances on the retracting keel and the twin rudders? Does the keel have to be retracted before it can sit on the bottom? I really like the color if that particular boat, it's one of the colors I'm considering painting mine.
I believe the bottom is flat and the keel box is wide and heavy, so the rudders can stay clear of the ground and still have the boat well-balanced. The Prop skeg is also part of ground contact.
What's cool is that the keel is iron and heavy, but it isn't locked down when lowered. You can use it to feel around a shallow bay, and simply raise it when it taps something. It's a push-button hydraulic system, controlled from the helm, for raising and lowering the keel, and it's designed to be adjusted under sail-- down to over seven feet when sailing to windward, and then adjustable to all the way up when running down wind. It does need to be all the way up when drying out the boat, and there's a manual pump and lever in case the electrics are out.
I like that the rudders stay off the bottom, and it's nice that there are two since the hull is relatively flat.