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Old 09-11-2018, 11:32   #1
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Bilge Crack Leaking Seawater

Has anyone seen this on their Leopard 40.
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Has anyone seen this on their Leopard 40.
All I get is an invalid link
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All I get is an invalid link
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Got it; thanks! Yep, I've seen that before. I met somebody who bought a new L45 and was considering removing the keels so he could dock in shallower water than the boat allowed. The 45 needs @ 5'3" and he had skinnier water than that at his dock.

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Got it; thanks! Yep, I've seen that before. I met somebody who bought a new L45 and was considering removing the keels so he could dock in shallower water than the boat allowed. The 45 needs @ 5'3" and he had skinnier water than that at his dock.

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What was the cause on that L45?
No cause; the boat was brand new. His house dock was shallower than his draft. His idea was to somehow remove or cut down the keels. Donít know if he did either.
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No cause; the boat was brand new. His house dock was shallower than his draft. His idea was to somehow remove or cut down the keels. Donít know if he did either.


Surely thatís a d(r)aft thing to do....

Sorry, couldnít resist.

But more seriously that sounds like a silly and potentially debilitating thing to do. The boat is designed with that amount of keel to allow a certain amount of upwind performance.

Without being a naval architect Iím guessing it would be easy to step off a cliff in the performance curve if you reduced the keel.

Intuition and gut feel could steer you way wrong here I would think. As badly as your boat might then steer....

Just my thoughts... Iím a newbie and know next to nothing.
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