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post #11 of 16 Old 07-19-2006
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Just saw the link, on a side note, when we get storms you'll want to take all that canvas down, it will add alot of windage.

I couldnt tell, try contacting hunter and getting specs on that boat, they should also have polar diagrams for it. (They tell you, by design, what top speed will be with a given wind speed and angle to the wind your sailing)

My assumption is that was a standard option, in which case I wouldn't be concerned about it, in fact I would welcome that keel as you'll be able to sail where most others will not. Just remember, this is a coastal cruiser. Don't go dreaming of sailing to Palau on it!

Have you done research into surveyors? You HAVE to get the boat surveyed before you buy it. They'll tell you alot about her true condition.

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Shoal draft (which I define as under 6' or so) is also almost a necessity for navigating the East Coast ICW and a major help in the Bahamas as well.
For example...NY Harbor is nice and deep but LI sound has many harbors where drawing less than 6' will be a significant advantage...Same on the Jersey ICW...though there you'll need 4' or less.
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If you're looking at the Hunter 290, 3'10" is the standard shoal draft for that model. It will be a wing keel.

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slow shoal

Hey guys,
I have a adams 13 shoal draft with a centreboard certainly no slow boat
4ft board up 9ft down. dont know if Joe adams designs are in the states.
however we regular pass much younger deep bulb keel yachts.
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Thank you everyone!!

You are all very informative and helpful

Now lets cross our fingers and hope she is still for sale
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We have at our club 6 C&C 30 mark 1. 2 are shoal draft version and 4 regular fin keel. In this boat the shoal draft version does not give up much in sailing performance and is over one foot shallower (I think 4 feet vs 5 and a bit). Is a very nice sailing vessel.

This is not the case with all shoal draft vessels.

If I were looking for a 30 in my area I would go with the Shoal Draft version - and I HATE sailing on a poor performing vessel even if it is luxurious inside.


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