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Re: Full or fin keel?
Both faster and myself are in the salish sea, we know about the 13-14' tide changes......both of us prefer fin keels! Hell, I've even run my fin keel aground once or twice or.......ok, maybe I'd better shut up on that one.....
The point being, in our lighter winds, a lighter fin style boat will keep you sailing longer than a heavy fin keel that is less SA/disp than a higher AS/disp fin.
I was looking at a march or maybe feb sail magizine the other day, there is an article with the authors dream boat. One thing he mentioned, easy to move so it would sail under light winds. Also made some comments about some areas of the world, Puget Ound was one, taller mast and more SA for the light wind days.
Now does a fin equal an easily driven hull? not sure, but it is easier to move than a full keel.
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