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05-22-2013 04:44 AM
sstuller
Re: Avoiding The Draft

A Beachcomber 25.
05-22-2013 03:30 AM
davidpm
Re: Avoiding The Draft

Another way to look at the problem is to go to a chart http://marine.geogarage.com/
and just noodle around and see what the depths are where you have an interest.

Back in the day 1985 when I was in that neighborhood I had an O'day 22 with a fixed keel 23". Didn't have a depth sounder, didn't need it, used the knees of water foul and a binoculars for depth. Had to know your birds though!
05-21-2013 11:49 PM
TheMadchef
Re: Avoiding The Draft

Wow, good on ya joe for actually providing some useful input to a posters question....
05-21-2013 11:08 PM
dvuyxx
Re: Avoiding The Draft

Ha! That wasnt intentional?
05-21-2013 06:02 PM
joebeach
Re: Avoiding The Draft

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wayward Drifter View Post
.... many of the best spots to anchor are on the Florida bay side of the keys. Water depth is obviously a big concern. The question I'm putting out there is, just how shallow of a draft must I consider to be able to reasonably maneuver on the NW side of the keys. I know that a swing keel would be great, and I have had one before on an Oday 25' that I owned. But looking for a swing keel only, really limits my purchasing options. ANY input would be much appreciated.
Keel depth is a matter of preference, to some degree - i.e., whether you plan to gunkhole in really skinny waters or just hang out in a few places in the Keys, and how often you mind grounding your boat. I'm further up the west coast of FL, and FWIW my preference is for a minimum draft of 3-3.5 feet or less, but there are plenty of boats in FL with fin or full keels of 4-5 feet that can get around pretty well, provided they use current charts and tides data and keep to the (relatively) deeper areas.

Also look at keel/centerboards, which have ballast in a stub/shoal keel and a fairly light retractable centerboard, or sometimes a lifting keel. There are a number in the 27-35 foot range, from older ones (O'Day, Tartan) to newer ones (Hake/Seaward). Even some of the larger, pricier blue water boats (Southerly, Ovni) are centerboarders. Check out Yachtworld.com and use "centerboard" as a search term.

A swing keel is similar, but has most of its ballast in the keel itself, which puts greater strain on the lifting mechanisms over time and may present more danger in a knockdown. Usually swing keels are found on smaller boats (22-25') such as the older Catalinas and O'Days.

As recommended above, I'd be chary about a wing keel, as most say they are far harder to get unstuck once grounded. And eventually, you (read: "everyone") will be grounded.

Hope this helps. Someone here who sails regularly in the Keys should chime in soon. Good luck, and let us know what you decide.
05-21-2013 05:43 PM
Dog Ship
Re: Avoiding The Draft

Quote:
Originally Posted by AirborneSF View Post
WOW, "Flashback"!
I know, I thought someone was makeing a break for Canada.
05-21-2013 05:23 PM
Frogwatch
Re: Avoiding The Draft

I forgot that the Black Skimmer was a Bolger boat and there are occassionaly one or two for sale. For awhile there was a company in those waters renting them
http://www.instantboats.com/bskim.html
05-21-2013 05:17 PM
Frogwatch
Re: Avoiding The Draft

Black Skimmers are a boat that was specially made for those waters. It had lee boards and very shoal draft.
05-21-2013 05:17 PM
katsailor
Re: Avoiding The Draft

harborless may have a boat for sale in fl pretty soon.
05-21-2013 04:05 PM
c_witch
Re: Avoiding The Draft

LOL,

Avoid a fin or wing keel

c_witch
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