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post #9 of Old 08-14-2006
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I will echo SailorMitch regarding the bad rap for wing keels. I draw 4.5 feet on my boat with its wing keel and you're not likely to have a problem unless you're close to shore and/or inside a mark. If you follow the charts and marks when close to a port or shore area, it's pretty hard to run aground. I would also second his comment about bumping and being able to steer to deeper water very quickly. This happened to me once coming into Rock Hall, where the safe course is to go wide to the left to go around the harbor. There is a diagonal cut that you can take. I was using my chartplotter coming in and thought I was in the cut, but when I bumped once, then again, I immediately executed a hard turn to port into deeper water without incident.
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