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Re: Twin Keel sailboat?

I have found it a great boat and ideal for where I am and what I want to do.
We all have dif needs.
Glad I ran ground on the thread.
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I have found it a great boat and ideal for where I am and what I want to do.
We all have dif needs.
Glad I ran ground on the thread.
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You can look here ( the post about twin keels), for some more information:


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Also have a look at the "Randoneur" a modern twin keel boat, or this one that won the 2012/13 boat of the year award for best family cruiser:




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Important historical note: I learned to sail on a twin keel Vivacity 20 :-)) I think Dad figured (correctly) that I'd run aground in it. Try as I might, I couldn't break that boat, lots of fun.

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Re: Twin Keel sailboat?

Not sure if the OP is still keeping up with this thread but i'll chuck in my 2 bobs worth. Whilst the twin keel offers upright stability at low tide and a possible reduced top performance, they also have the unique ability , when heeled over under sail, that with one keel splashing the surface the other is deeply buried offering deep balast and directional force. Similar to what a canting keel would do I think. I've also seen photos of sailors actually standing on the keel that is on the windward side. Both offering extra stability and a good laugh for onlookers! Maybe give it a bit of a scrub n' clean while they're there.
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I have been cruising for nearly 3 decades in my current 31 ft twin keeler and there is no way I would consider going back to a single keel. Friends cruising twin keelers all feel the same. Saving a fortune in marina fees is a major consideration . There are 4 in my current anchorage, and we can all walk out at low tide.
One of my 36 ft twin keelers had a race against a sister ship with a single keel. They were even on all points of sail, except to windward, where the single keeler had a very slight advantage. The twin keeler is on her way to the Aleutians after rounding Cape Horn. Do a search under Silas Crosby for the rest of the story.
In the early 80s, most of my clients went for single keelers. Now 80% are going for twin keelers, and many of those who have single keelers wish they had twin keelers. People looking to buy one of my boats, have turned down many a boat because it only had one keel.
With a twin keeler, the ease of drying out means you will spend a lot more time sailing with a clean hull. The money you save on moorage means you will be able to do a lot more cruising, covering many miles, that the single keeler, with his high moorage bills will never sail far enough to make up for the time he has lost. Thus, in miles per year, the single keeler will be far slower overall.
On my last two trips home from Tonga, I made it from Hawaii to Vancouver Island, the first half to windward, in 23 days .Not any slower than it would be for any heavily loaded 31 footer, regardless of how many keels she had.Going south, I was south of Hawaii in 14 days .When she was emptier, I sailed circles around many single keelers of the same size.

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Important historical note: I learned to sail on a twin keel Vivacity 20 :-)) I think Dad figured (correctly) that I'd run aground in it. Try as I might, I couldn't break that boat, lots of fun.
Me too - it was the first boat I bought. It was so slow that you had plenty of time to see the shore approaching.

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And for my first post I sensibly reawaken a thread not active since 2013.
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I have, or rather she has me, a Westerly 25, she's got three keels as some one else has already mentioned, points fine and isn't slow. She pushes through chop like its not there, tacks perfectly WHEN the inner forstay doesn't snag on the jib sheet knots, and is far from tippy, if anything she's solid as any boat I have been on and far more so than most. The old Westerlies are sort of famous for not just being able to sit when the water goes away, they are also famous for being able to go anywhere. Mines crossed the Atlantic and has been through all sorts of other craziness.
If this were not an archeological sort of thread I would have told the original poster they were looking at a potentially great boat.
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Hi!
I have, or rather she has me, a Westerly 25, she's got three keels as some one else has already mentioned, points fine and isn't slow. She pushes through chop like its not there, tacks perfectly WHEN the inner forstay doesn't snag on the jib sheet knots, and is far from tippy, if anything she's solid as any boat I have been on and far more so than most. The old Westerlies are sort of famous for not just being able to sit when the water goes away, they are also famous for being able to go anywhere. Mines crossed the Atlantic and has been through all sorts of other craziness.
If this were not an archeological sort of thread I would have told the original poster they were looking at a potentially great boat.
Anyway, that's it for my first post,

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Hi Denise, I can do that.
I just have to figure out how to post pictures on here via my phone...
OK! Looks like I figured it out, this is Ingrid at anchor in the back country of the Florida Keys. Ingrid is a Westerly 25 built and designed by Dennis Rayner, (who I think was brillian) in 1966. I have a Cape Dory 25 as well and dispite being the same length they are totally different boats.
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Hmmmm.... Did that actually work? I'm using my phone, I should look into how to attach images properly.
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