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post #440 of Old 05-16-2012
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Re: Full or fin keel?

I grew up on the Chesepeake with lots of sand and shifting shoals so if the draft of your boat allowed you to jump over board and push the boat off a sand bar (with your head above water) it was a convienient draft. I grew up sailing Person Tritons (draft 4') and my present boat has a draft of 5'..... more than I am used to but when I look around it doen't seem that bad.
I was in the ICW in a Triton, there was a boat not much bigger than ours aground, as we made our way over to it catiously (and were starting to run out of water) we asked how much they drew..."8'" was a fancy racing boat with a deep fin kee
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