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post #13 of Old 10-27-2006
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Jake...you mostly find fin keels or full keels on cruising boats. There are variations on the fin type like the wing keel which ads wings to the bottom of the keel which can reduce draft and help speed but isn't much fun when you go aground! Spade is typically associated with a rudder...it being a type that is WHOLLY supported by the rudder shaft. Many cruising boats use SKEG mounted rudders which support the rudder from an integral skeg o the hull and hinge on the forward edge of the rudder and often the bottom of the rudder as well. This makes for more protection for an important part of your boat!
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