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Has anyone ideas on the feasability of modifying the fin keel on an aluminum IOR racer to suit cruising needs? The objective would be to take an 8'' fin, shorten by 2'', add a lead bulb to achieve a safe righting arm and extendthe keel fore and aft to cover the full length of the bulb to minimise chances of fouling. I realise it would require the services of a naval architect, but is the basic idea impractical?
 

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Thanks for the thoughtful reply, Jeff. I don''t (yet) have such a boat, but have been window shopping for the past few months, expecting to begin real shopping early next year. The market usually has several 50+ foot aluminum Frers or S&S designs from the early 70''s. If I''m going to buy an older boat in need of updating, my thought was to start with one of these rather than a GRP boat.
 
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