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Old 17-08-2010, 15:34   #61
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that's correct, and old knowledge, always trying to be at the 'navigable side of a storm.

Not so easy in practical life in this part of the world though due to the size of the lows.
Just started a new thread, "Outrunning storms" you might check out the info
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Old 17-08-2010, 15:44   #62
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Goes in the 9's and no fin to fall off:

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We are in the process of "Swapping" boats, for a few more feet. Our current boat has a fin keel. We thought we might want one a bit longer, but the boat we are working toward purchasing is a fin keel as well. The key to me is that both are very well built boats. When we had ours surveyed, The surveyor commented on the size and number of keel bolts saying "That is what I like to see". The next boat is even beefier in that regard. I think he said something like the Westerly having about 25% bigger diameter and 50% more bolts than many other (American built production) boats he surveyed.

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Old 17-08-2010, 16:06   #64
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Westerly is a nice boat, just difficult to find a lot of them to pick from here.
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Yep, she has been a great boat to us. We have had her out in some nice snot and no creaks or groans at all - but one look at the stringer system in the boat, and you can see why!

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A "head start" is the equalizer in any weather situation. With 4 days head start the idea is to not be there. This is where the slow boat wins every time - leave early! Airplanes run away from large storms not boats. The concept that a faster boat has an advantage in a quick storm getaway is not very solid. The faster boat "advantage" strategy already has a skipper that can't tell when it's time to get out of the way. It is the same logic as advanced swim training can beat a hungry shark to shore.

I don't see the keel argument as being all that important. A smart skipper uses skill and knowledge to compensate the capabilities of any boat they sail. No boat is fast enough or unsinkable. All boats have limits. The Titanic comes to mind and her sister ship didn't fair better. Both were considered quite fast and unsinkable. Both lie on the bottom.
I could not have said it better.... Thanks for the good post! A head start is quote independent of boat type, thus tossing the thread back to that - it's the skipper, not the boat' argument.

Cheers. And happy sailing to ALL !
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Goes in the 9's and no fin to fall off:

Beautiful. Which S&S hull is that?
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Re: Why I Don't Like Fin Keels

Don, you are replying to (and questioning) a five year old thread!

But that is a very handsome boat!

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Don, you are replying to (and questioning) a five year old thread!

But that is a very handsome boat!

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