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Re: Mr. B Buys A Boat- Adventures in Boat Shopping

Originally Posted by JimMcGee View Post

There is an active C30 racing community and the fin will make a difference if you want to race.

I guess that was my point Jim. We race our Tartan 27' against one C30 that I believe is the standard rig (fin keel but standard height mast) and often we beat him to the finish. There is another C30 at our club with the 'tall mast' version whose PHRF handicap is much lower then the other C30 we race against. The TM C30 has such a low PHRF it is not even in our racing division.

For cruising I'm sure it makes less of a difference. I'm just not a fan of winged keels as once I spent the night on an O'Day 272 that grounded and could not get off as the tide went out. The boat was left high and dry on the beach standing on the wing keel as the tide went out. Quite a night.

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