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Old 15-05-2016, 15:45   #1
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Beneteau Keel Swap/Trade Deep to Shoal

I have a Beneteau 473 with the deep draft option and I prefer a shoal draft keel for an upcoming trip.
To keep it simple. I am looking for someone with the same boat and a shoal draft keel who may want to trade.
I'm not cutting my keel or having one made. I just want an OEM solution.
I am waiting to hear from Beneteau on availability but thought I'd ask her also.
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Re: Beneteau Keel Swap/Trade Deep to Shoal

You must be kidding, lol!!!!!!
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Old 16-05-2016, 21:14   #3
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Re: Beneteau Keel Swap/Trade Deep to Shoal

If I was kidding I would have put the post in the joke section.


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Ohhh so you are serious about this? Do you consider how expensive is the keel drop and keel reset in your boat, i ask this because i know by fact its a $$$ bill at the boatyard , probably with a unstep and step the mast bill to, and i guess you need your partner shoal bene in the same boatyard doing the same work,
obviously to me sounds crazy but hey who know,,,,, actually i dont know why is the reason to swap keels but if is just for few hundred miles in shallow waters is not worth by any mean, and also i guess a bene owner with a shoal draft version is happy enough with the draft , after all he choose the shallow version for a reason and the perfomance penalty could be nil or minimun not even worth the change, anyway i wish you good luck!!!!
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Re: Beneteau Keel Swap/Trade Deep to Shoal

I agree with Neil.
Also consider the drop in resale value of your boat.

Your profile notes you are in the Florida Keys so I guess that's your cruising ground and the Bahamas.
I had no problems in the Bahamas at all with my 6 foot draft.
There was a 250 foot super yacht there too (Cakewalk) and he was fine, though he had to park a bit further out.

Going down the Florida Keys I kept outside as I didn't have time to navigate the Hawke (?) channel.

If it was me I would have a good look at the charts and see how many anchorage I would be missing with the deep keel. I think not many

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Old 17-05-2016, 13:59   #6
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Ohhh so you are serious about this? Do you consider how expensive is the keel drop and keel reset in your boat, i ask this because i know by fact its a $$$ bill at the boatyard , probably with a unstep and step the mast bill to, and i guess you need your partner shoal bene in the same boatyard doing the same work,
obviously to me sounds crazy but hey who know,,,,, actually i dont know why is the reason to swap keels but if is just for few hundred miles in shallow waters is not worth by any mean, and also i guess a bene owner with a shoal draft version is happy enough with the draft , after all he choose the shallow version for a reason and the perfomance penalty could be nil or minimun not even worth the change, anyway i wish you good luck!!!!

You mean this swap might cost money? There will be a performance penalty? What...
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Re: Beneteau Keel Swap/Trade Deep to Shoal

So...If anyone has any helpful info..Like you know where a shoal draft keel is for a Beneteau 473 I'd love to get that information.

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Old 17-05-2016, 14:06   #8
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Re: Beneteau Keel Swap/Trade Deep to Shoal

Too bad Beneteau didn't think of making one keel that could be modified easily by cutting a portion off. Nobody ever thinks of stuff like that when they are building boats.
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Re: Beneteau Keel Swap/Trade Deep to Shoal

Will the rudder then poke out beneath the hull lower than a shallow keel?
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Trade boats right?
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No it wont hang below the keel if I put an OEM rudder on the boat. I haven't ruled out a MARs solution either. That might be the easiest solution.
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No not interested in trading boats
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