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I am planning to spend this June looking for a 25-27 sloop in southern Florida. I plan to live aboard in the upper keys. Because I plan to live on the hook, my limited past experience down there tells me that many of the best spots to anchor are on the Florida bay side of the keys. Water depth is obviously a big concern. The question I'm putting out there is, just how shallow of a draft must I consider to be able to reasonably maneuver on the NW side of the keys. I know that a swing keel would be great, and I have had one before on an Oday 25' that I owned. But looking for a swing keel only, really limits my purchasing options. ANY input would be much appreciated.
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WOW, "Flashback"!
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Ok...Im new here and so as with any board, I'm sure I screwed up somehow in my post...but anyway "Black Skimmer", "flashback"....don't understand.
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You are to young to remember the 'draft', but us 'old timers', well-------------lol.
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It wasn't you, Wayward. Someone will answer your question in due time.

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LOL,

Avoid a fin or wing keel

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harborless may have a boat for sale in fl pretty soon.

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Black Skimmers are a boat that was specially made for those waters. It had lee boards and very shoal draft.
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I forgot that the Black Skimmer was a Bolger boat and there are occassionaly one or two for sale. For awhile there was a company in those waters renting them
http://www.instantboats.com/bskim.html
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