Originally Posted by IMS
I can see you so proudly display a (old tech) winged keel.
My question is why use winged keels, and then make a keel as thick as a tree??? With a frontal area of a Mack truck!!
please change the photo to a side view of the keel, at least we don´t see the in-efficiency of the thing.
Unless you are proud of showing it as an old-time relik!!
IMS 500, sailing hard with a torpedo keel!!
Hey, thanks for all the kind words about my keel! Yes, she is a thing of beauty and efficiency! Oh -- from that pic you can't get an idea of how well the leading edge of the keel is rounded just so to slip through the water. Thick as a tree? No way. Well, maybe a sapling?
Now for the (semi) serious answers -- my avatar and tag line after my signature are in response to the personal opinions -- and even hyperbole --presented as facts by some who have either very little, or no experience at all sailing with a winged keel. Let's just call it an attempt to give fair and balanced coverage of the issue.
Do I pretend that my mid-1980's designed wing is the greatest thing since sliced bread? No. But it performs admirably well whether going to windward or running with the wind. In fact, I find my Pearson 33-2 to be very closed winded. Last summer I sailed right behind a sister ship with the deep fin on a breezy day and only noticed a slight difference of a couple of degrees in windward ability. Plus that boat had a crew of 3 and I was by myself. Give me more hands to trim sails and there may have been no difference at all.
As for running aground, I have all kinds of testimonials from winged keel sailors about how they have never required assistance to get off a grounding. Are wings likely to be harder to get off the bottom than a fin? Probably yes in many cases, but not all. My boat draws 4'2" and is still sailing when the fin keel version at 5'11" is stuck but good. In fact, I challenge all you fin keelers to a race -- in 5 feet of water. Let us decide this on the water! Fins dig in deep -- wings bounce on top.
I've been thinking lately about changing the avatar. I'll work on that. In the meantime, IMS -- thanks for noticing! (And you need a good proof reader.)
And is that torpedo keel flattened at all -- with winglets? Check out some of these newer keels on some boats. Bene 36.7 is one example. Those bulbs are pretty flat with winglets. Looking VERY familiar to me!