I know there is not one answer to my question but I would like some imput. I am contemplating the purchase other a 56 foot boat but it has a 7.5 draft. Is it possible to modify the keel, if so how much and how do you go about it and what can you expect the cost range?
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Draft reduction is very doable. Contact Mars Keels in Canada. They design and build lead bulbs to add to existing keels. In short, you would determine the amount of draft reduction, figure out how much weight was lost after the existing keel is cut and then add a bulb at a certain percentage heavier than what was removed. Mars will calculate the weight of the bulb and provide you will all the fasteners and instructions. Check out this link for additional information.