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Full Keel vs. Wing Keel small boats

Trying to decide what type boat to buy. From what I understand Full Keels are safer in the water but slower sailing. If true , how big of a difference is there.
Also, will an outboard on a 26-28 footer be as powerful as an inboard in harsh weather conditions. Plans are to sail a small lake in kentucky during the summer and move it to the coast in the winter months, with some trips to the bahamas.
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The deep draft is always better from a sailing performance point BUT wont do much good if you cant go were you need to SO the tradeoff must be made based on were your going

The outboard is not going to stay in the water that well in harsh weather conditions
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The outboard is not going to stay in the water that well in harsh weather conditions
I second this. Man, do I ever second this.

Our first boat was a 26 footer with an outboard. Every time we went outside the breakwater and hit the 3-4 foot swells the prop would jump out of the water and cavitate, and it was a long shaft that was a good ways down in the water. I HATED that. Not only was it frustrating, because I would have to constantly throttle back so I didn't throw a piston through the side of the engine, but I could hardly enjoy motoring anywhere if we had to.

The second boat had in inboard diesel, and I would never go back after that. One of my first rules in buying any boat if I had to work my way up again, would me that it would have to have an inboard diesel. No inboard diesel? So sale!
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I sail on a relatively small inland lake and my outboard pops out of the water from time to time if I go over a power boat wake. In the ocean in heavier seas the problem will be much worse.
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The deep draft is always better from a sailing performance point BUT wont do much good if you cant go were you need to SO the tradeoff must be made based on were your going

The outboard is not going to stay in the water that well in harsh weather conditions
ditto, plus if ur going to do a longer trip, u are going to need a charge system and the safety of keeping a prop in the water. inboard will do that.
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