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Is the Morgan 36T keel lead or steel?
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What year is the boat? The morgan yachts group on Facebook is very active....
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Sailboat data indicates it was lead google the boat name and the information is available to study.....
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It was intended as a front line IOR race boat when it was introduced so I'd be very surprised if it was anything but lead.
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Sailboat data indicates it was lead google the boat name and the information is available to study.....
Thanks for that. I'd never noticed "ballast type" on Sailboat Data before!
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It was intended as a front line IOR race boat when it was introduced so I'd be very surprised if it was anything but lead.
Why, because of the efficiency of lead?
Also, Whats with the swept keel design (the fin retreats radically toward the Stearn)? Haven't noticed it on other boats.
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What year is the boat? The morgan yachts group on Face book is very active....
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Why, because of the efficiency of lead?
Also, Whats with the swept keel design (the fin retreats radically toward the Stearn)? Haven't noticed it on other boats.
The shark fin style keel, featuring a lot of sweepback, was the common fin keel design for performance oriented boats in the late'60- mid '70s. This design was generally replaced in the late '70s by "higher aspect " keels which feature shorter chords and less sweepback (more vertical edges).

See Good Old Boat - Keel design: What's best? article

You can see this transition by comparing a boat like a C&C mark II to a Mark III. I have a very positive opinion of the older sweepback keels, as while they may have given a little up closehauled, they were far more forgiving if they hit something hard at speed...
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Why, because of the efficiency of lead?
Exactly - it's the densest material allowed for ballast. Denser is better for ballast because it allows the weight to be carried as low as possible, giving a better lever arm.

Lead is also, for all practical purposes, inert so it doesn't require maintenance like iron keels can if not properly protected with coatings.
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