Boat Review

November 2012 Issue

A Look at Sailboat Design: Fin Keels vs. Full Keels

Details like keel design count when considering cruising sailboats.

When a keel tears away from a sailboat’s hull, it makes the loss of a rig or rudder seem like a minor inconvenience. History shows that it’s an uncommon occurrence, but because we now annually hear of such incidents, we’ve decided to take a closer look at keels and see what keeps the ballast where it belongs. Keeping the keel attached is as important as keeping the crew safely on board. And for the offshore monohull sailor, preventing a keel loss, like preventing crew overboard, requires some informed forethought.

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