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Re: preferred keel for the caribbean
Most of the Caribbean area, esp the Windwards and Leewards you're sailing between islands in deep water. We routinely anchored in 5-7 meters of water, sailing a boat with a 7 foot draft. I don't think you'd have any serious draft restrictions except in places like Barbuda where there are some pretty skinny bits of water and anchorages..
Cant speak to the BVIs or USVs but I would think it's similar. The Bahamas are known for extensive areas of shoals, but even there people seem to make to with 4-5 foot draft.
Not my cup of tea, but the recent popularity of catamarans kind of removes that issue altogether...
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