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post #190 of Old 03-28-2012
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Re: Full or fin keel? Depends

I tend to agree with jackdale the full keel is more sea-kindly but doesn't point as well. If you are heading to Bahamas or other shallow waters, a full keel might be a better choice. Years ago, planning Bahamas/FLA cruising, we elected to go with a Tartan 33 (S&S designed classic plastic) with a Scheel keel. Fully loaded she carries a 4'9-10" draft. You don't find Scheel's on too many classic boats but they are solid and point a bit better, while offering a shallower draft. Not too sure why they weren't more popular.

Jim & Rose on "Radiant" Tartan 33
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