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post #78 of Old 03-12-2012
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Re: Full or fin keel?

Fin keel or full keel, a boat doesn't have to be fat.

The Valiant of course isn't quite as narrow as Arion. But after almost 40 years it helps prove a full keel isn't necessary for a boat to be "offshore" capable. There are also many others that have traveled far and wide with fin keels.

I can't think of many full keel boats with high efficiency keels - just large ones with a great deal more wetted surface than necessary.

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