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Please clarify what you mean by a burdensome keel.... Its not a term that I am familiar with. However if you are referring to my reference to a burdensome hull, I would like to suggest that we may be using the term 'burdensome' in different senses of the word.
I am using the term 'burdensome' in the traditional yacht design sense of the word. From a yacht design standpoint, a 'burdensome hull' is a hull which has a large capacity for carrying weight or volume. It is a little different than a heavy displacement hullform, in that some of these burdensome hullforms were evolved to carry large volumes of comparatively low density material. A classic example of a burdensome hull vs a less burdensome hull, might be comparing a cargo schooner like Sterling Hayden's Wanderer vs the Pilot schooners like the George Steers.
That is a great picture of Elf. I have seen her around the Bay and she takes her my breath away with her beauty. That picture illustrates one of the points that I was trying to make, i.e. when you have a boat with a lot of drag (and frankly Elf does not have a huge amount of drag for her length and era, and her keel approaches being a fin keel she has so much cut away forward and such a sharply raked rudder post) it takes a lot of sail area to move it, and when you add an inefficient sail plan to the mix of high drag, the sail area gets enormous by any standard. Sure is lovely though.....
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay
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