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Old 01-18-2011
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When questioning the value of a full keel, consider what boats were popular in the past. The Typhoon (full keel alberg) had a production run of 2,123 boats not counting the Typhoon Sr. design later introduced. They are still desirable today. People appreciate the classic lines and the smaller full keel boats often perform very well due to the lower amount of weight resulting from size.
The Alberg will not sail like a modern boat, becuase it is not a modern boat. But if you appreciate stability and a forgiving platform, Alberg is a designer to keep right on top of the short list. I know of a typhoon which cruised the east coast extensively (months), that is 18', so it is certainly capable of sailing in a variety of conditions. You have to give these guys credit. They knew how to build a real safe boat for the conditions.
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