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OK, I am certainly not a naval architect, but I don't get it.
You are thinking of buying a new, or almost new, HR53, most likely closing in on a million dollars. And now, because you think you may want a shoal keel, but are not sure, people are suggesting that you switch out the keel???????
Come on guys, HR is one of the most respected BW boats made, their shoal keel, according to Labatt, is about 6" less than the deep draft. Are we all nuts, or what?
First, the cost of replacing the keel on this puppy will probably be somewhere between $50K and $100K MINIMUM. When you get done, you will have a one of a kind. In this case that is NOT a good thing. How many buyers do you think you will find down the road for this one off? HR builds it one way and because you are not sure you switch to your own design and a future buyer just decides you were right and not HR? A buyer in your price bracket does not come along every day. A buyer of an HR, that is no longer an HR, at that price range is a one in a million. I almost said a one in a million idiot, but I know this is tearing you up and you have not made the decision yet.....so forgive me. So, you invest $100K plus in the keel change out, and then the boat is worth what, $300-400K less than it should be because of the change?
Labatt, you are a lucky man. Probably worked your ass off for that luck, but you have a chance to live your dream. Decide WHERE you want to go and buy a boat to go THERE. Or, buy the BOAT you want and go where you
CAN and be happy with the boat. You will be making a compromise whatever.
In this size range and quality of boat, you should not worry if it is shoal or deep unless you are racing and worrying about that extra couple of degrees of pointing ability. However, I think that cruising is your dream and going to weather a few extra degrees is probably not an issue.
NOW, if you buy new, and HR says sure we can design this with a shorter shoal draft that will be just fine, then you have your boat, HR designed it that way, and you get what you want.
Now, if you really think about replacing a keel on one of these beauties, call a friend to hit you up side the head!