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Is anyone familiar with the Scheel Center Cockpits? I am having a hard time finding any reviews on them. Opinions please....
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Henry Scheel was a designer probably better known for the 'Scheel Keel' than the boats he designed. Looks like he was connected to Morgan Yachts in the 70s/80s

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Sailboat designs of Henry*Scheel by year
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Could be refering to a Scheel keel, I'm not familiar with any boat builders by that name
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Some years ago saw a 45 done by him. Chatted up the owner. He loved his boat. Think it was in duck harbor.
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There is one for sale on Yachtworld that looks interesting. I like the lines and the price is certainly right ( I think) but I cant seem to find any opinions about the boats.
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I don't think there ever was a Scheel builder. But Henry Scheel worked at S&S fore years before going out on his own. He was a very talented designer with a good eye. I was never crazy about the Scheel keel but it did do the job of lowering the VCG on a shoal draft keel. Morgan built a series of Scheel boats called the Morgan 452. It's a nice looking center cockpit boat.
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A Tartan 372 has one of his keels as a mainstream example
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Re: Unfamiliar Brand

This should give you the basic details, looks to be basically a custom boat only 6 made so I doubt you will find much info, and since they were made in the early 70's perhaps they are all still with older owners that don't put there entire life on line?

SCHEEL 45 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com

This was in the notes, so perhaps you might find more luck with finding info on the Morgans.

Six Scheel 45's were designed and built by Henry Scheel in Rockland, Maine. In later years this design was built by Morgan Yachts as the Morgan 461 and 462.

I would not be surprised if this one did not have better quality interior than the Morgans. I would not expect much performance with that shallow draft and S/A of 12.21. Looks like a nice motor sailor though, as it sure looks comfortable inside!

Looking at the layout on sailboat data, I wonder if it was not meant for the charter trade? With the bunks in the aft cabin, it looks like it was trying to fit in as many berths as they could.

If you are looking at the one in Rockport check out the hours on that motor, impressive, but I can't imagine it has much life left. 8732 hours! (I know they can go on for almost ever)
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Thanks for jogging my memory Paul. I do recall now that Henry tried building those boats himself briefly.

8,732 engine hours? Yow. Might be an indicator of how the boat sails.
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I don't think there ever was a Scheel builder. But Henry Scheel worked at S&S fore years before going out on his own. He was a very talented designer with a good eye. I was never crazy about the Scheel keel but it did do the job of lowering the VCG on a shoal draft keel. Morgan built a series of Scheel boats called the Morgan 452. It's a nice looking center cockpit boat.
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How was the Scheel keel supposed to work? I mean, what was it supposed to do the just a stubby keel would not? My Nonsuch has a shoal keel which I have been told by some is a Scheel keel. But I don't know if that is true or if Hinterhoeller used a Scheel-like keel on their shoal draft. How would I tell?
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