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10-28-2010 09:06 PM
ReddOne Cool, thanks for all the stoke on the boat. I'm am more excited than a little schoolboy at Christmas. The plan is to work on her over the winter (on the trailer) and launch during the Spring for some cruising in the Salish Sea. Right now in the process of rebedding the windows cause they were leaking pretty good.
10-28-2010 07:23 PM
mitiempo I agree it's a cool boat. Here's a link to the Owner's group.
Westerly-Owners : Westerly Owners Group
10-28-2010 06:58 PM
LandLocked66c It does look funny on the trailer, but in the pic it looks fine to me. Congrats and very cool boat!
10-28-2010 06:49 PM
bljones If he is really a friend, and if he was really concerned about the keel form, he would have told you BEFORE you made the purchase. Bringing it up after is just latent jealousy coming out.
10-28-2010 04:31 PM
mitiempo I would leave it - Butler knew what he was doing.
10-28-2010 04:12 PM
newhaul no offence to your asteemed sailing colegue but i would assume that mr butler thought his design through however thatsjustmy opinion as a retired shipfitter.
10-28-2010 03:25 PM
ReddOne Thanks for the replies everyone. I'm sure you're all right about not fretting over it. The only reason I become concerned in the first place is that a friend who is a respected sailor started muttering about the keel design and how it could be a problem. Like y'all said, better to stick with what I've got, at least for now.
10-28-2010 01:01 PM
blt2ski Your worried about what? why?

The only reason to run aground here in cascadia, assuming on the sound or north, not one of the rivers or slightly shallow lakes, is if you are not paying attention.

As far as kelp.......that will catch you be it an angle or straight down!

I would keep what you have frankly. Along with, your draft is pretty shallow all thing considering...... i know of two with 8-9' drafts, your ensy bitty what maybe 4' draft is nothing! 40+ foot power boats have more draft than you!

10-28-2010 12:56 PM
hellosailor A chain saw can easily modify it, but then you'd also be moving the center of effort, the center of mass, etc. toward the rear and slightly up as well. Probably would affect pointing, stability, and then it is your gamble whether you can accept that, or fix it some other way.

The alternative would be to fill something in front, but that's going to be much more work and still may be a regret afterwards.
10-28-2010 12:55 PM
deniseO30 Very pretty! congrats!
it's a dark pic but it doesn't look like something you even need to worry about the keel. Running aground? and you haven't even sailed her yet? Know the waters and charts of where you plan to sail. and have a real time depth finder. GPS depth is chart depth. I had an argument with someone about that.
(Unless the gps has a connection to a transponder.)
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