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post #635 of Old 03-04-2013
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Re: Full or fin keel?

I don't race, never have never will....I can go very nicely in light air and close to the wind.....but what is important is when the weather gets dicey, I don't find really nasty weather as tireing as with a squirrley light wieght racing (or cruiser/racer that emulates a racer).....don't have to reef as soon (40kt breeze is down right fun).
I grew up on the Chesapeake so don't consider 5' shallow draft....but when I look around a fin keel boats, a couple feet makes a big differance.
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