Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Three Mile Harbor, East Hampton, NY
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Re: Lifting Keel Yachts
Sorry, I have not been on for a week or two, so I missed your questions. I have a couple of documents describing the lifting keel mechanism that would be happy to email to you if you PM me. I have a great Beneteau brochure on the lifting keel in .pdf format, which Sailnet does not accept as an upload format. As I mentioned a while ago, I love my Beneteau 323. We have touched bottom with the lifting keel down and it simply kicks back with no damage. The one time we hit really hard, it sprayed a drop of grease out of the trunk in the cabin. We have also run aground on a sandy bottom a couple of times -- our channel is totally unmarked, and the sandbar moves ever year. We have had no ill effect whatsoever. The twin rudder setup is something particularly nice. The keel is cast iron with epoxy. Raising and lowering the keel requires more patience than strength. It is 100 turns, generally the job of the admiral. Only annoying when single handing. Of course unless the wind is quite lively, I often just leave it up. There is a slight penalty in leeway, but the boat handles fine, and I have never seen a boat that tracks any better.