Originally Posted by rtbates
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.
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 à grounding.. but i dont do much coastal cruising and of any , i stay outside thé crab pots in deep water, and when entering. Shallow watters, i use à little more care as to IF I do run aground, its à soft grounding at slow speeds,
à boat based on how it will survive à grounding is à false sence of security