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Re: Full or fin keel?

Would offer when it gets really nasty best point of sail maybe dead downwind under barepoles with Jordan series drogue or the like deployed off stern with helm fixed amidships,companionway closed and everyone down below. In this set up even extremely deep draft high aspect bulbed fin keeled boat do just fine. Crew is down below either on sole amidships or in quaterberths ( wherever is most comfy). Lying ahull or heaving to are not believed to be as safe by many authors. Have heaved to to have lunch ( can be done on virtual all fin keel boat if a little forereaching allowed) but do not consider it the ultimate storm tactic. Running with series drogue will work for beamy,narrow,full,fin or just about any boat. With sufficient number of drogue cones sufficient sea room for drift is obtained. Current open transom sugar scoops will shed water quicker in the event of being pooped. Agree it is a faulty thinking to presume a good modern boat is any more uncomfortable or unsafe than old boats derived from Norwegian coast guard double enders and the like. Have owned boats built for single handed trans Atlantic races and very traditional boats. When done right both can be safe and comfy in a seaway. Personally, have chosen a moderate beam, by modern standards somewhat heavy bulbed fin keel boat as my "last boat". It's behavior in all settings comforts me. Others make other decisions and they all may be very correct for how they are going to use the vessel.

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