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01-16-2016 09:09 AM
Re: Lifting Keel Yachts

I have always liked the Tartan 27, 34, and 37. I really dig the the 34.
01-15-2016 02:19 PM
Re: Lifting Keel Yachts

The Tanzer 10.5 is another mid 30 foot lift keel boat.. not many made; not bad looking for the type (quasi pilothouse) and I think they did a good job of limiting the intrusion of the trunk into the accomodation.

TANZER 10.5 sailboat specifications and details on
01-15-2016 02:05 PM
Re: Lifting Keel Yachts

For those looking into Southerly yachts, check out The Shards sail all over the world in their Southerly 49. They love it. They also had a Southerly 42 (and originally a boat they built themselves). I love the idea of a lifting keel, it really gives you some flexibility in the shoal areas. The Shards even went on river and canal/lock trips with their 49 foot sailboat! For anyone who knows boats, it must have been quite a surprise to see a vessel that large transiting such shallow waterways. I think they draw only 3 feet (maybe a little less) with the keel retracted. Also, since Southerly is a UK company, the boat is also designed to sit on its bottom and dry out. Very cool. I'm a big fan of the concept, the Southerly boats, and the Shards.
01-15-2016 01:32 PM
Re: Lifting Keel Yachts

Originally Posted by Cande View Post
Beautifully filmed!
Huh? What film?
01-15-2016 12:28 PM
Re: Lifting Keel Yachts

Beautifully filmed!
01-15-2016 11:53 AM
Re: Lifting Keel Yachts

prroots --

Sorry, I have not been on for a week or two, so I missed your questions. I have a couple of documents describing the lifting keel mechanism that would be happy to email to you if you PM me. I have a great Beneteau brochure on the lifting keel in .pdf format, which Sailnet does not accept as an upload format. As I mentioned a while ago, I love my Beneteau 323. We have touched bottom with the lifting keel down and it simply kicks back with no damage. The one time we hit really hard, it sprayed a drop of grease out of the trunk in the cabin. We have also run aground on a sandy bottom a couple of times -- our channel is totally unmarked, and the sandbar moves ever year. We have had no ill effect whatsoever. The twin rudder setup is something particularly nice. The keel is cast iron with epoxy. Raising and lowering the keel requires more patience than strength. It is 100 turns, generally the job of the admiral. Only annoying when single handing. Of course unless the wind is quite lively, I often just leave it up. There is a slight penalty in leeway, but the boat handles fine, and I have never seen a boat that tracks any better.
01-12-2016 04:46 AM
Re: Lifting Keel Yachts

Today I'll be looking at my first Beneteau 31 with lift keel in order to compare against the Beneteau 323. While it's a lot newer it does seem to have 2 downsides compared to the 323:
  • Reduced headroom (5-10 compared to 6-2)
  • Deeper draft (3-1 compared to 2-7)

On the positive side, the Nav Station seems to allow for addition of future (yet to be determined) electronics while the 323 has very limited capability for future additions.

Update: Viewed the 31 as planned. All of the above proved true. All other things equal, I prefer the 323. Of course, all other things are never equal
01-11-2016 10:22 AM
Re: Lifting Keel Yachts

Originally Posted by Barquito View Post
Here is another lifting keel boat:

The C&C Mega 30. And it's trailerable.
A decent boat if you can stand the looks of it.
01-11-2016 09:59 AM
Re: Lifting Keel Yachts

Here is another lifting keel boat:

The C&C Mega 30. And it's trailerable.
01-10-2016 06:49 PM
Re: Lifting Keel Yachts

I'm really favoring one of the Beneteau's with lift keel configuration (ie, 311, 323, and 31). I've been searching for awhile to find out how the keel is designed from both an operational and material standpoint. Specifically I'd like to know:
  • It uses a screw to raise and lower the lift keel but is there also a cable involved?
  • What happens when you run hard aground? Is there a sacrificial element? If so, can it be reset?
  • What is the material of construction of keel (trunk) and lift keel? I read somewhere that it's cast iron with epoxy coating

Any Beneteau owners out there who can answer the above?
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