There are a variety of different shallow draft keels. Some of the wing models are a pain if you get grounded as some of them can act almost like an anchor
. Lets get one thing straight from the get go...deep draft sailboats go upwind better than shallow drafts, end of conversation. Having said that if your sailing offshore
sometimes its not that big an issue as you tend to foot off more in the larger waves to power up so the shoal draft will do just fine in those conditions. Its not uncommon to lose several degrees of pointing ability with a shoal draft. The first boat I took offshore
was a deep fin and the second was a shoal draft Scheel keel
and for the passages I did I did not miss the deep keel
however when race
day came it was a different story.