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post #2 of Old 01-17-2013
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Re: Why I like a full keel

Granted my full exposed prop is easier to wrap a rope/line around it than a full keel........BUT, ANY moving thing like a prop, lawn mower blade etal, no matter how protected, can and will get things in it, and will fail. The question at the end of the day, is how much chance does one have of having this failure, and how does one protect themselves from this failure?

At the end of the day, this allows multiple of boat designs, styles etc to be on the market, to fit yours and my needs. For how and where I sail, a full keel is not what I call fun, a fin, CB, dagger board boat that can plane at times, go over hull speed with out thinking twice etc is why I sail. many like myself will take the little bit of extra chance that a line will foul a prop etc. Then again, I do not live in an area with too many crab/lobster pots, but they do exist. I have seen and heard of more issues with large logs/dead heads etc here in puget sound than lines. Or when you do find a shallow, it is usually VERY solid!


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