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Re: Shoal Keel: Excessive Leeway
I don't have any direct experience with shoal draft boats, but as others have suggested, you need to figure out how to exploit the strengths of your boat. Accept the fact that your boat will not point with the deeper draft boats, and don't even try. Instead you want to focus on sailing slightly lower and faster, and at the same time keep the boat as flat as you can. More speed will help your keel generate more lift. If you are really serious about improving your windward performance, spend some time fairing your keel so that you can make the most of what you've got. While it is true that "a poor craftsman blames his tools" the fact remains that as racing goes, you don't really have the right tool!
On the bright side, you do have a bit of an advantage down wind with the lower wetted surface area. Also, if currents are a factor in your area, you have the option of going into shallow water to get relief from adverse currents.
If you really get the racing bug, you should definitely plan to get into a boat with afin keel in future.
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Last edited by SchockT; 05-31-2013 at 03:16 PM.