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Re: Full or fin keel?
While most of your post was thoughtful and well said (as usual), I have to call you on this analogy. Few things are "absolute" in this world, and I don't think anyone has claimed that the advantage of a full keel is speed. Don't know what "Suhali's are, but I assume they had an ample keel. On any race boat (offshore or otherwise), I think the priority is going to be speed. Not - sea kindness (as you point out), tracking, safety, shallow draft and certainly not durability after running aground. I don't think the OP was asking about offshore racing.
Thanks.... and yes, that statement may well have been an exaggeration (although there are a few W32 posters here that might not think so...
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