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post #433 of Old 05-15-2012
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Re: Full or fin keel?

So, full keel with a retractable centerboard is an great option. I have had a 1967 Hinckley Bermuda 40 yawl since 1988 that needs 4'4" with the board up and 9'7" with the board fully down. Coordinates the need for a fin when needed with the security of a full keel and rudder/prop protection while handling a shallow body of water like the Bahamas or Great Salt Pond on Block or Narragansett Bay, where I keep her. She handles well when going to weather, beaming or running, and the centerboard makes a difference upwind. Will she ever be a race horse, no. But enjoying shallow water is a delight.
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