Re: Full or fin keel?
Great advice in here. I have almost always had full keels but the drag and (as mentioned) the beer gut do assure me they are best design. Many older traditional boats have these monstrosities in draft and we have always been told in the wide open app the tracking was better. The fin Keel is by far the quicker but if any rule holds fast in an ocean vessel it is that there are always extenuating circumstances. Especially when it comes to a static design trying to cope with a dynamic environment.
While down in the Caribbean where coral heads can surprise you and charts can't help you may just kedging off some coral reef. It happen's! A Brewer's bite or the full on protected rudder aft of the brick outhouse keel may be just the thing. There's also more questions and with sailing always another answer. The ability of a vessel to back or maneuver in close quarters. It's likely that such a question as asked at the beginning of this thread may need qualifying. "What is it that the owner intends with the boat."