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Old 15-01-2011, 17:11   #16

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Wings to be effective have to have aspect ratio just like keels. Short, thick stubby wings may get the VCG down but they do very little for lift and drag. You can't fix a short stubby keel with short stubby wings.

Don is correct. I would warn against lumping all "wing keels" into one category. There are good wing keels and there are nad wing keels.

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Old 15-01-2011, 17:35   #17
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No one mentioned added the righting moment. Assuming the wing is an attatchment to and existing keel.

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Re: Wing Keel vs Fin Keel . . . Confused . . .

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Depends on where you live. In shallow water areas, sailors love Wing Keels.
If you have deep water around your area go for the Fin Keel.

Mark, in that first picture of the winged keel you posted, the wings are located aft on the keel. Ericson's winged keels have the wings forward. I know it probably makes no difference now but the original Ben Lexcen wings were located forward.

Does anyone know which location is more effective in producing a better sail-ability?
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Re: Wing Keel vs Fin Keel . . . Confused . . .

The Wing Keel on production boats like the newer Catalina 30 and the Ericsons are for the advantage of a shallow draft. They will not point better than the deeper keel boats and are probably less stable.

On the Americas Cup racing boats however, the wing is added to the deep keel. The keel wasn't shortened at all. This is why the Australian Boat (with deep winged keel) in 1983 kicked the crap out of the US boat (deep keel no wing) and Dennis Conner to take the Cup which the US had held onto for like 130 plus years.

Also, lots of weight was added to the wing which was great since it was located near the bottom of an already deep keel.

I said they kicked the crap out of the US boat, but it was actually a bit closer than that due to mistakes:


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