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Re: Full or fin keel?
Thats a whopping 1 knot faster than my 28' on deck boat usually does. I can motor at 6 using a smallish amount of fuel, hull speed is 6.6 knots. I've had it up to 11 surfing down a wave in some upper 30 to low 40 knot winds with a main and 110 up. That was a hoot. Downwind it is not uncommon in low to mid 20 knot winds to be in the 7-9 knot range.
A local with a Jeanneau SO49iP has had his doing 15-20 with his then 105lb 14 yr old daughter at the helm using an AS up with 20' seas heading to Oz. it was simple driving from what I under stand.
Not sure frankly one really needs a full keel per say, as making sure that ones boat is strong enough scantly wise to handle what one will put it thru. Where as right not, IMHO the VOR 70 bunch, have probably pushed the lightly built scantlings if you will for the rig/hulls etc a bit much, hence why so many have broken things. Where as if you take the same design, build it a bit heavier and stronger, it will not go as fast, but would take some of the beating at a slightly less speed better. now whether or not a couple cruising would want to be going 20+ knots in ALL conditions.......that leaves something to be disCUSSed, as most would probably be happy if they could easily sail in the mid to upper teen range with a 70 boat by them selves. Heck, I'd be happy with a 40-50' boat doing that here and there!
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