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Old 03-11-2015, 15:50   #16
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Re: Sheel Keel

just on the subject...Pete and Annie Hill changed out their original keel for a scheel keel and were very happy. Their boat, Badger, is a big junk rigged dory. Interesting to see an actual picture, not exactly how I imagined it to look.

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Old 03-11-2015, 17:14   #17
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Re: Sheel Keel

Here is a poorly scanned image of Badger's keel from Annie Hill's book Voyaging on a Small Income. Her description of it is a "Warwick Collin Tandem Keel". To me it looks quite a bit different than a Scheel Keel.


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Old 03-11-2015, 17:33   #18
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Re: Sheel Keel

I have a Tartan 33 with a Scheel keel and love it. But it is a compromise!

Everything I have read is that "nothing beats draft when going to windward". Stated differently you want a deep keel fo good windward performance. I decided against a deep fin because I sail in SFL and to a lesser extent the Bahamas.

This left me with the choice of a CB or the Scheel keel. While a centerboard would give the draft, it added complexity. One more thing to break on an older boat. So I went Scheel.

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Old 04-11-2015, 09:50   #19
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Re: Sheel Keel

Originally Posted by keepondancin View Post
If I remember correctly,Henry Scheel passed away during a time when PSC was developing some boats. I think early 34's used Scheel, and the 40 was something drawn by Bill Crealock. Again, I think there was a patent ownership problem with the estate.
Answering my own question, I bought a 43 Swan with a Scheel keel. It has the Scheel plaque at the nav station.

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