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Re: shoal draft keel vs regular keel

There are many marinas and channels with a limiting depth of 4' in the fla keys.

you end up using the dingy more with the fin in the Fl Keys. and need to pick your anchorages.
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Re: shoal draft keel vs regular keel

Hey all I am looking at purchasing a Tanzer 25 Shoal Keel, never sailed a shoal always regular fin, was going to use it on Lake Simcoe, do you guys feel thats a good idea or should i up for a deeper draft?
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Re: shoal draft keel vs regular keel

If Lake Simcoe is generally pretty deep, as I believe it is, then unless you plan to gunkhole up its tributaries or want to store your boat on a trailer, the regular/deep fin is probably the way to go. Better overall performance, pointing ability, and righting moment.

OTOH if the particular boat at which you are looking is well-maintained, and otherwise ticks your boxes, then go for it. Especially if you don't plan on racing it regularly. Let your gut make the final decision. Good luck!

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