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Old 25-03-2013, 09:39   #151
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Re: Fin Keel Strength ?

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You be right, forgot a zero, its 12,000...... Normally of would be around 9k, ours is an owners version, tall rig, deep keel, and.cutter rigged, and little more inside. Total weight of around 24 thousand dry weight, loaded shes tipping th scales, at 30 thousand. Nog exactally lite weight boat...
geeesh....
I was about to comment on the 1200.
What length is your boat? She sure is pretty.
I think my encapsulated lead is only 700 pounds.
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Old 25-03-2013, 09:52   #152
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No keel is as strong as a full encapsulated keel. Fin keels, like most aspect of boat under water design, were derived from racing. Will you be racing or cruising? Do you want comfort in a seaway or outright pointing ability? Do you want peace of mind in a grounding or the ability to tack in a heart beat? Do you want a deep bilge to hold more than a cup of water before it sloshes out onto the salon floor? Do you want a fully protected rudder and prop that doesn't grab every crab pot line that goes under th0e hull? I like the shallow draft, 3.5', and motion of my full keel Cape Dory.
Ignore all of the above IF you want to do buoy racing.
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I often agree with what you post but youre way off base on this one. find a good qiality mid weight fin keel boat and it will sail circles around most any full keel boat on all aspects of cruising.
Short of two items you mention... Snagging crab pots, and piece of mine in grounding.. but i dont do much coastal cruising and of any , i stay outside th crab pots in deep water, and when entering. Shallow watters, i use little more care as to IF I do run aground, its soft grounding at slow speeds,
Buying boat based on how it will survive grounding is false sence of security.
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Old 25-03-2013, 11:05   #153
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This is a rebed of our First 456. After twenty something years the studs were perfect. I think the issue is the quality of manufacture and materials.
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This is a rebed of our First 456. After twenty something years the studs were perfect. I think the issue is the quality of manufacture and materials.
Thats some nice bolts, great pics and what smooth sailin lines she has.
I'd love to sail in yours or Randyonr3 boat.
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Thats some nice bolts, great pics and what smooth sailin lines she has.
I'd love to sail in yours or Randyonr3 boat.
Just another German Frers design from the 80's! When Beneteau made good strong and fast boats.
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We are strong proponents for an integral keel!
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