Mailport April 2013 Issue

Mailport: April 2013

Bullet Keels

In regard to your November 2012 article on keel design: Bullet keels, at first glance, appear as if they are an afterthought and were forgotten in the initial design process. If it was the intent of the designer to provide minimum damage to the hull to maintain watertight integrity when initially going hard aground by providing the point of impact to absorb the bulk of forces and sheer from the remainder of the hull, the concept is ideal. Beyond one-design class racing or daysailing, it is an accident waiting to happen offshore. Past history speaks for itself.  

The test panel coated with Nanovations Teak Guard in our long-term wood finish test showed mildew stains and complete coating breakdown at the six-month mark. Makers re-formulated the finish after our test began.

Roland Schultz
Restless, Mason 43

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