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Re: To capsize or not!
I had the same Neptune 24 in Everett for many years, shoal draft keel and all. During those years I had the occasion to be in some fairly heavy winds including a severe storm which came up suddenly on a clear May afternoon and ultimately cost the life of a crewman aboard a much larger sailboat which was racing around Hat Island. I found that yes, the boat is initially very tender owing to the shoal keel, but then it will harden up at about 30 degrees and simply luffing the main in puffs should be adequate to keep her on her feet. The sail area/displacement ratio is right in there with most cruising sailboats so there's a very wide safety margin built in. As I remember the boat came with a 130 genoa so buying a 100% jib may be the answer to your concerns with a knockdown, however I don't really believe this boat can be knocked down. She has a very strong weather helm and will round-up first.
In all honesty I wish I'd purchased the fin keel model as I've heard they're not as tender and also quite a bit faster, albeit my partners thought they wanted to gunk hole in the Juans so having a retractable bilge board sounded good to them. Live and learn.
Ultimately, you have a very solid little cruiser that I can tell you from experience will take a lot of punishment and if tuned correctly, will sail quite well at hull speed. Hope this is a help. John Lewis
Last edited by Johnstratarrow; 01-28-2017 at 07:38 PM.
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