I'm looking into getting my hands on a Catalina
34 to sail, primarily, on Lake Erie. I would like the standard full keel
(= 5' 10" draft
, I think) for overall performance and the like. However, given the depths of Lake Erie, I don't know much about Erie's shallow depth
and the extent of issues I am going to have with the full keel
(of course one would have to make sure to know the charts
really well regardless). On the flip side, I don't know what to make out of a wing keel with the loss of performance and increased difficulty in getting out of a grounding situation.
I know that there are many boats on Erie that are equipped with a full keel, I just don't know how much problem they have.
Any input on this would be appreciated big time. Thanks!