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Re: Lead 'boot' - yes/no?
I've always thought they were called bulbs >>> MarsKeel Technology Keel Draft Reductions
And you can get them custom made to fit your keel.
The next question is; can your mast and rigging take the extra stress (COE/COR). It's a good thing you don't have keel bolts.
Since these guys are cutting off part of the keel, in preparation to adding a bulb, the resultant is likely to provide less lift. Remember, the keel of the boat provides both a righting moment and
fluid dynamic lift, with the latter giving the boat its pointing ability. Reduce the foil by 15 or 20 percent, an you are likely to reduce the lift provided by the keel by 15 or 20 percent. Sure, the boat might have a similar, or even greater, righting moment as it did before the "surgery". however, it's also likely to loose some pointing ability unless the keel is somehow further modified (which is probably much
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