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Old 02-14-2012
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Caveats: As people have already mentioned, the full/fin keel discussion is complicated by the fact that displacement and hull shape are often related to the designers fin choice. Also, the type of person who decides to go offshore cruising in a fin keel boat is probably a different person than the type of person who decides to go offshore cruising in a full keel boat.

We are on a fin keel, skeg hung rudder, reverse sloped transom sloop.

A few observations from cruising down the N American coast to Mexico:
- Cruisers motor a lot.
- Cruisers in fin keel boats motor less often.
- Although one hopes one's major passages are mostly downwind, we have done a fair amount of beating coastally, particularly if we are sailing on and off our anchor.
- There are a lot of offshore cruisers in fin keel boats.
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