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Old 03-24-2012
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Re: Full or fin keel?

Boats price (when new) by the pound, assuming similar level of equipment.

So lets compare boats by their displacement.

Westsail 32 displacement 19,528 lbs

Beneteau first 42 displacement 18,600 lbs

Pounds /inch immersion

Westsail 32 1064 lbs

Beneteau First 42 1712 lbs

Isn't that a fair comparison?

The Alajuela 38 displaces 27,000 lbs and a fairer comparison would be a boat like the Bavaria 50 at a similar weight.

I don't think the First or Bavaria would be upset that much by the weight carried by the Westsail or Alajuela, given their longer waterlines and much less immersion under the same weights.
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