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post #5 of Old 01-28-2012
Brent Swain
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A full keel with bad hull balance wont track anywhere near as well as a fin keel with good hull balance. A boat travels many times the length of any keel in the time it takes to broach, so keel length has far less effect on tracking than one would assume.
On a steel boat, a full keel means having an extra 400 lbs of dead weight in the stern , which aggravates hobby horsing, and is an inaccessible area , hard to maintain, and useless for a carrying any weight, being too far aft.

Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"
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