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Re: Do all Beneteaus have iron keels?
No offense meant to someone with an iron keel.
I've owned both. From a pure performance standpoint lead is obviously best - depleted uranium would be even better.
Iron has practical benefits that can't be overlooked - the ease of checking & replacing fasteners being near the top. It's virtually impossible for an amateur to do it with lead and even few pro's can handle it.
It doesn't get chewed up like lead when
you hit bottom.
Once it's sealed with epoxy it's no more of a maintenance hassle than lead. Sealing it is no more difficult than putting a good finish on a lead keel.
Classifying it as a deal killer is limiting yourself through simple prejudice based on trash talk, not real factors.
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.