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Old 28-08-2016, 10:39   #31
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Re: Finding a first sailboat

I guess I hadn't really thought of it, but it makes total sense. The forces at play being that a full keel will have a longer and deeper wetted area and be less willing to change direction quickly?
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Re: Finding a first sailboat

The longer keel does keep more directional stability, but the rudder is not as effective as a balanced spade of course. So for me I am very aware of keeping weather helm down so I am not putting the brakes on with the rudder.
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Catalina 30-34. Many to choose from and good owner group for assistance.
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