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I recently bought my first real ''cruising'' boat, a 1974 32'' Westerly twin-keel ketch. She seems to be a strong, well-built boat, and was the final result of a 2 year search; the shallow draft of the twin keel being, IMO, an advantage for Caribbean cruising and the like.
Ive heard stories about the odd steering characteristics of twin keels, especially to windward, and the partial-skeg rudder seems very vulnerable.
Any comments on twin keels in general or Westerlys in specific would be appreciated (looks hopefully to Jeff_H, who seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge of old boats)
Ive often wondered why twin keels never got popular in the US... is there a reason Im not aware of?