I've been living and cruising in Florida
, USA waters for a year now, and of course chatting with everyone about the Fabulous Bahama's ... most of which require much less than my boat's 6'3" to visit! Our recent cruise
to the FL Keys we were so frustrated by our draft limitations that we promptly started looking for a second "real" cruising boat upon our return: mid-30' range in length, Much less draft, full, or nearly full, keel
, significantly less air draft than my current
62', APERTURE FOR THE PROP SO WE CAN MOTOR
AT NIGHT THROUGH ALL THE FREAKIN' CRAB AND LOBSTER TRAPS, ... although I have less than no interest in owning another yacht built by Tayana, the Tayana 37
has many of the desirable features for which we were yearning on our windward slam north from the FL Keys last week.
My best friend is a naval architect and this is the hull
of his boat:
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I LOVE the hull
shape! At an optimum speed or surface conditions my hull slides into the water/next wave rather nicely, however last week it was smacking/slamming rather severely into the trough after our current
wave. A SMACK onto the water
after a wave is a common complaint I have heard from T-37 owners so at the moment my friend's hull shape is extremely desirable to me, as is his protected propeller
, and I told him so. Here is his reply:
Please don't worry about having 'too much' draught - too much is always better than too little in the long run and grand scheme of things, especially when you are out in dirty weather
and / or trying to claw
to windward off a lee shore - then you want as much draught as possible. Those gunkholing harbours will just have to be upset because you are not visiting them.
He also assured me that most of the world can accept deep draft keels. So David1, depending on what country in which you live and your cruising intentions, a deep keel may or may not be your best option. In tight situations I have found that the shorter the keel the easier it is to turn the vessel ... however this is a rather irrelevant advantage in the open sea. Compromise , compromise.