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What Kind of a Keel do you Have

Fin keel, full keel, long keel, stub keel with centre board, bilge keel, swing keel, lifting keel,bilge keels, canting keel, water ballast, centreboard, daggerboard, chine logs, bilge boards, foils, Multi hull with any of the above. And whatever I missed.

Why do you like what you have.

In this vid I am using "Chines" for lateral resistance. My Sharpie can do the same. The benefit is very shallow draft, the negative is you don't really get much in the way of lift, so you can't point as high as some boats.


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Re: What Kind of a Keel do you Have

bulb keel or as we call it kelp catcher keel most fun dinghy I have sailed with only one hull
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Re: What Kind of a Keel do you Have

Swept, shoal depth, fin keel, with a modified bulb. Perhaps one can make it out in my signature below.

Best all around option for us. Reduces draft to 6.5ft on a 54ft LOA, expanding anchorage or harbor choices. Improves maneuverability (along with the spade rudder) in tight quarters. Does a reasonable job holding off leeway, but Iím sure the standard 9ft keel would have performed better.
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Note to the mods, I wasn't really sure what category to put this vid in. It isn't really racing and isn't really cruising. It was just going out and having fun messing about with a sailing machine.
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Re: What Kind of a Keel do you Have

Too bad this wasnít an actual poll. Would be interesting to see the raw data.

Mine is a full keel (I mean FULL!). Moderately-deep, encapsulated.

Like: Excellent at tracking and maintaining a line. Very easy on the helm. Strong; canít easily be damaged. Protects rudder/prop. Doesnít snag any wayward fishing gear. Sits well on her keel so easy haul out or dry out.

Dislike (even though you didnít ask): Not very maneuverable, so docking is challenging. Not very efficient up-wind. Lots of wetted surface so takes a bit more time to get moving. Also costs a lot more in bottom paint.
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Re: What Kind of a Keel do you Have

Leeboards on the CF dinghy.
Bulbed fin on the Outbound.
Keels should be appropriate to the use of the boat. Pure form follows function. Keels need to be thought of in terms of the totality of the boat-canoe body, other appendages, house, sailplan. If the boat was drawn by a skilled NA it has the “right” keel for that boat. Likes or dislikes should refer to the boat in most cases as what keel it has is the natural evolution from the design.
Believe there is little or no correlation between keel type and tracking. There is between wetted surface however and type.
There isn’t between type and risk of damage with some outliers such as daggerboards on multis v fixed keels.
With IP going under other than heritage yachts pure full keels will gradually disappear. They made sense when building in wood but not for performance.
When I give up long range cruising I want a Lyle Hess 32. Totally illogical but beautiful. Totally contrary to current thinking but perfect in design for that style of boat.
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Welded fin on Aluminium hull with a lead bulb (but no projection of the bulb in front of the fin to allow snagged lines etc to be freed easily). Allows us to limit draft to 8í 3Ē but maintain some semblance of upwind capability. However, she is really designed to go downwind.
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My beach built 17' skiff used a single flipp'er over lee board. Angled to foil to windward. Very effective , if a bit of learning curve in timing/tack. Thane had a 40'slab of wood,6 feet down there. Steady as she goes .
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Well, if weíre showing off our bottoms Ö
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