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Re: Twin Keel sailboat?
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.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"
Last edited by Brent Swain; 04-16-2013 at 04:57 PM.