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remove keels on a seasafe dandy

(Sorry for my poor english, im from Sweden)
I have an old version of a seasafe dandy and thinking of removing the keels from the hull. They are in bad condition and the boat will be more easy to launch without the small keels.

Does anyone know if the bolts are going all the way through the hull?
(They are not visible from the inside without cutting the bunks.)
How will the boat sail without those keels?

The picture shows another seasafe dandy.

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i've only saw one of those boats[in the philippines] so i'm not really qualifyed to give you a good answer,but i think it would be a mistake to remove the keels,i think the handling would be degraded significantly,i hope someone else here can give you a better answer,btw your english is excellent
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Keels prevent boats from capsizing!

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What a fun little boat!

If you remove the keels, there is a good chance you will flip over if there is any wind in the sails.
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The keel, or keels, provide the righting moment for the boat. The keel counteracts the force of the wind on the mast. If you remove one, you should remove the other.

Looks like a nice boat.

From the picture, I suspect that the keel is encapsulated in glass, and therefore part of the hull. Removing it may involve the use of a reciprocating saw.

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Don't do it if you wish to sail. They are important to the boat's stability. If they are not bolted on they will be encapsulated. That means the fiberglass on the keels will be a lot thicker than the layers left after you remove them.

It looks like a neat boat - don't trash it.

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