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Old 05-10-2012
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Re: Full or fin keel?

If you are planning on SW Florida and key and Bahamas, you need a shallow draft boat. Period. DOn't listen to these guys with 7-9 foot drafts in the NE or PNW. I have about 5'10 (6 foot after all the pots and pans) and I run aground ALL THE TIME!! And I know the area very well.

You are starting in FMB. Unless you don't mind sitting a lot and waiting for a tide or running aground in the miserable mile, go shallow draft. Six foot max. THis is typically a wing keel. SOme modified fulls will work too.

As far as the the theoretical debate about which is better, for racing and deep water, I would always go fin. But for cruising anywhere that has shallow water, 6+ is tough, and anything at 7 for much of the area I have been is a waste of time. That has been my experience. I personally would never own a deep draft boat which rules out most fins for me. I don't like 6'!

I know the area you are in. Trust me. I have seen 3' draft motor boats run aground all the time.

Brian
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