Join Date: Mar 2009
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I own a 2009 Bene31 with the deep keel. While I can't compare it to the shallow model, it does go to weather much more nicely than our previous shoal keel boat. It is a fair bit lighter than the shallow keel version, as the shallow one has to make up for leverage with ballast.
It's telling to me that the deep keel is standard for the 31 but an option for some of the larger Benes.
OTOH, it really depends on where you plan to sail it. On my lake, the additional area I could cover with the shallow keel and couldn't go with the deep keel is very small.
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Lewisville Lake, TX