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post #437 of Old 05-16-2012
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Re: Full or fin keel?

My full keeled cutter sails like a dream, especially on a beam reach, I don't need to touch the wheel for an hour or two at a time if the swell isn't too big. It has survived three hurricanes. It powers through waves that would stop a lighter boat. It is extremely comfortable at anchor. It feels like a tank.
It turns slowly. It bangs on the dock all night if we're in a marina with a cross current. In reverse, I don't usually know what will happen until I'm backing at 3 knots or better. Usually the wrong thing happens.
I don't worry about bumping the keel on something, ever. I might worry about the getting stuck part, but the bump damaging my boat? No.

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