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Dehler Optima 101 Iron Keel
I recently bought this boat (1985, 35'') and I''m considering some casual PHRF non-spinnaker racing, mostly in San Diego Bay. My racing experience is as crew only, mostly on smaller boats, and some Schock 35''s.
Upon survey the underbody was found to be in very good condition, however the cast iron keel was modestly pitted. The boat has a new f/b North main, new Kevlar 155 genoa and folding prop. Would some kind of fairing of the keel significantly improve performance, and if so, by what method?
I would welcome any comments. Merry Christmas!!
P.S.- I believe the PHRF rating will be 132