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post #3 of Old 11-30-2007
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Lead is heavier, doesn't rust, and will deform a bit if you smack into something. A friend of mine hit an underwater rock with his c36 at around 6kts which made a 4" gouge in the keel. No other damage (except him flying across the cockpit) to the boat so it was a simple re-fair that winter. That same hit to a harder iron keel - may have - done more damage to the keel connections and the people on board.

'Christy Leigh'
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