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post #26 of Old 07-05-2006
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Jeffy the architect:

Your bias on full keel v. fin keel is well documented on this site. Here is something you wrote in 2005:

"Here's the deal as I see it, first off you have been sold the old myth that "full keel makes the boat far more confortable and in follow seas a little more forgiving". Sorry Dude there really is no truth to that. Its an old wive's tale pretty much debunked in testing and in practical reality. While radical fin keels don't do a great job of tracking on their own, moderate length fins coupled with skeg hung rudders and a properly shaped hull form are actually better in a following sea situation where. Full length keels tend to lock in on whichever direction the waves have thrown them and their relatively inefficient rudders generally do not have the ability to steer them out of the broach. Been there, done that......Boats with a cut away forefoot and a skeg rudder have a better chance of being steered out of the broach."
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