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Re: Full or fin keel?
This whole discussion gets back to what I was trying to say earlier. While it is possible to identify some traits that can be broadly associated with a particular keel type, or any other broad generality for that matter, the reality is that boats work as a system and no matter what the collection of parts, a good design will be a joy to sail no matter what its parts are named (Full, fin, attached, spade, cutter, fractional, masthead etc). and a poor design will be harder and riskier to sail.
When I look at boats by Atkins or Carl Schumaker, these were designers who knew their stuff and rarely got it wrong. Once you learn to sail these kinds of boats, they can make great sidekicks....regardless of their keel types.
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