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post #257 of Old 04-03-2012
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Re: Full or fin keel?

Originally Posted by skygazer View Post
While cleaning my office today to avoid starting taxes, I happened to read the back cover of an old "Practical Sailor" magazine, Sept. 2011.

Because I've been thinking about fin keels and bulbs, which sound very good, I was immediately struck by the following quote:
This is a good example of why a more "high tech" design is not necessarily the best tool for the job so to speak.

What about how the boat is built? There is a lot to be said for the old overbuilt boats that will take all kinds of abuse.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not against technology and scientific research resulting in a better boat, its just that in a lot of these cases what looks good on paper may not be the best in reality.

In Paulos video example of the open 70 being knocked down by the large wave and returning to the upright position rapidly, the trade off is a very fragile boat. In the first leg 3 of the 6? boats retired before the half way point and 2 of those never made it into the Atlantic....
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