Originally Posted by SkiprJohn
Aloha Audrey K,
Hope you get a chance to do the meets and greets section of the forum. Anyway, welcome aboard. I see twin keelers every now and then on eBay and they seem mostly from the UK. You can always get whatever you think is a wonderful boat and then cut off the center keel
and add your own bilge
keels or just get a shoal keel
boat and add two more on each side.
Kind Regards, JohnL
I know every one likes giving advice but as a newbie, you'll need to appreciate 'cutting off a centre keel and adding your own bilge
keels' as suggested above is NOT the kind of task one would normally consider. The work involved in such a modification is, in my opinion, far to great to justify the outcome.
Re your orginal question. Practically bilge keelers do not sail as well as a fin keel boat, but they are popular especially in the UK where owners do not have deeper water
berths. Many UK small harbours dry out at low tide, so a bilge keel boat is a good compromise that allows for such mooring
. In Oz you'll tend to find a shallow draft
or swing keel monohull
fits similar needs. There are lots of those in the small boat end of the Oz market.
My tuppance worth says if you can get a floating berth then try to do so.
With a new boat you'll want to spend as much free time as you can on it - and in a drying berth you'll not only have restricted sailing times, but difficulties getting to the vessel when the tides out.
And if you can get that floating berth - then you may as well go for a shallow draft
Good luck with whatever you end up with, and ENJOY