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Re: Full or fin keel?

Originally Posted by PCP View Post
So why a fin keel if properly designed and produced is lesser safer or make a boat less seaworthy?
Just wonder if anybody here read Marchaj's book 'Seaworthiness: The Forgotten Factor' where he shows why: the most important reason is that a full keel with its bigger surface area damps the rolling motion better.

It is a very interesting book, it discusses the dynamics of sailing in great detail and points out that while a fin keel performs much better in ideal conditions (flat water), stormy weather with big seas is a whole different story.

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