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Shoal Draft vs. Deep Keel
OK... still trying to make the decision regarding the purchase of a Hallberg-Rassy 53. MOST (read: not all) bluewater boats of this size all seem to be within a foot of the 7'6" draft of the HR53.
On the other hand, you can get a shoal draft version of many boats. IN GENERAL, are you sacrificing righting moment or other safety when you move to a shoal draft keel vs. a "standard" length? I know you are sacrificing several degrees of pointing ability, but safety? It's my understanding that the change in righting moment is negligible, but please correct me on this and other points!
We're trying to analyze the trade-offs between a shorter (safer?) passage with a deep draft vs. safe harbor flexibility and shorter dinghy rides from anchor with a shoal draft keel. We'll be at anchor much more than on passages, but with two kids on board that I'd sacrifice my life for, I don't want to sacrifice safety for convenience.
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Last edited by labatt; 10-16-2007 at 07:37 PM.