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Re: What type of Keel do you prefer....

We draw 6.5ft, which is not a lot in the grand scheme of things. However, there are often anchorages or mooring fields, where the best tucked in spots are the exclusive domain of the stinkpots and cats. We just convince ourselves we're pretty cool, when we have to anchor out among the schooners or the big dogs from the New York Yacht Club.

We did anchor once, in the outer harbor of Edgartown, among the New York Yacht Club summer flotilla. Our puny little 54ft looked like a dinghy among the city of multi-deck yachts, lit up like a skyline. I wish I had a pic. Hilarious.


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Re: What type of Keel do you prefer....

Edgartown, I know it fairly well after living on the Cape for 20 years. Was back for a wedding last August. You in deep yankee land there, boy.

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Re: What type of Keel do you prefer....

Was in Sag Harbor last summer. With 6 1/2' feet anchored to the left of the marinas. We were the size of the dinghies.

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But I have this vision "What if you were anchored in Porto Fino on your 160' mega yacht. The crew was ashore and you were sitting on the stern, nice glass of Montrachet in your hand and,,,,you were depressed. What now?

Doesn't, have anything to do with draft but it came to mind reading about feeling your boat was small.

In my experience you can get by just fine almost anywhere with 6'3" draft.

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Damn it's that two inches that keeps getting me in trouble my whole life through.
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Out: I think you own one of the great cruising boats. You know damn well you have nothing to ***** about. That is a "to die for" boat.
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Re: What type of Keel do you prefer....

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In my experience you can get by just fine almost anywhere with 6'3" draft.
Yes, but you are on the left coast. On the right coast, it helps to have less draft for some of our crowded anchorages. This poor fellow needed to draw less than 4' at the edge of the Cuttyhunk Town mooring field. Note the mooring ball off his stern. (BTW, he didn't need a tow, he waited for the tide and took a mooring in deeper water.)
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Fall: There are lots and lots of standard draft Valiant 40's on the East Coast. Apparently 6'3" draft works for them.

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Re: What type of Keel do you prefer....

Bob you know the old joke about why you never ask your wife to measure anything. I was trying to be humorous. Oh well.....

I really appreciate what you said and I'm sure Carl does as well. It was nice so you need to be careful.

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