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Old 03-28-2012
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Re: Grounding on purpose

And then there's those folks who run aground on a falling tide... and quickly get out the brushes and the buckets and start scrubbing as the boat dries to make it LOOK like they did it on purpose!

One thing to look into before attempting anything like this on purpose is to know which way your boat will 'settle'.. many masthead fin keelers will tend to settle bow down, esp with raked keels, others like fractional rigs may tend to go stern down since the keels are sometimes further forward. Settling sideways onto a spade rudder might not be a good idea. Long chord fins like yours may want to sit essentially level/flat on their keel. Your keel tip is not parallel to the waterline and so may tend to nose down somewhat.

I know... I know... yet another advantage to the full keel set!

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