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Old 20-03-2007, 09:30   #16
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Whats a keel?
What do you use it for?

Oh thats right, its the thing under the boat that keeps hitting things and makes you anchor out in the deep water where you can roll around all night.

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Old 20-03-2007, 10:12   #17
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Interesting that they mention doing in-water tests at a sailing club, but don't make any results, or photos of actual boats, available.

Looks like it probably infringes the patents on some grappling hooks, too.<G>
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Old 20-03-2007, 14:14   #18
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Not sure how they could patent it or call it "NEW", I've seen it on Star Trek since I was a kid... okay it wasn't really on a boat, but...
Now I suppose if you made the leading edge out of the same material as the Ginsu knives it would be okay!
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Old 20-03-2007, 15:09   #19
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if you ever wedged that thing in a coral reef or a rock pile you would be stuck unless the bulb sheared away and then you would really be in trouble.
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But you could padlock your boat to the jetty to stop someone knocking it off......................
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Old 23-03-2007, 06:42   #21
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But you could padlock your boat to the jetty to stop someone knocking it off......................
Had to be an Aussie
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Old 23-03-2007, 18:00   #22
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Loop keel

It looks structurally strong , but would macrame itself around any anchor rode that you could put down, a real trick to unfoul in a srtrong wind on a lee shore on a dark rainy night.
These brillant tank tested keels are never tested with regard to their tendency to foul anchor rodes and other lines.
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Old 23-03-2007, 19:26   #23
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Loop keel, canting keel...

If the loop keel is so good how come outward sloping bilge keels don't work?
Those boats with canting keels seem to run them just where one side of a sensible bilge keel might be.
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Old 24-04-2007, 15:12   #24
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Outward sloping bilge keels work extremely well. I've been sailing with them for 23 years and 6 Pacific crossings , making good passage times, both upwind and down.
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