Originally Posted by Steve Pope
Alloy CB best of both worlds.
Many NZ keeler designs have 1.8m draft
as std and go to windward well, 1.7 is a tad less but shouldn't be an issue.
I've never understood why French-style alu CB boats didn't take off gang-busters with kiwis way back when.
Are we just too cheap
? I hate having to tippy-toe around miles offshore
even in settled weather
just because of a ginormous appendage. And crossing bars with a keel
is frankly more exciting than enough.
There are some amazing hard-sand beaches in Northland (and occasional examples further afield), inaccessible by road, deserted from seaward
, just crying to have a cruising boat hauled up above the storm-surge line, as a short-term beach-house, too...
I guess I've just never seen the attraction in being well-hung; even equines don't leave their undercarriage permanently deployed.