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Old 25-01-2022, 17:09   #16
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Re: Amel SM - Bolted on keel?

Originally Posted by Manateeman View Post
They actually feel sorry for owners of bolt on keel boats who have no idea that bumping the bottom might wipe out their cruising budget.
You need not loose the keel to sink.

As an interesting point, the only fin keel boat I've personally known to be written off in a grounding (38-ish foot Tartan, but can't remember which model) didn't lose the keel. It actually peeled the hull apart slightly at the front of the keel and pushed the aft end of the keel up into the hull. The boat made it into port unassisted (fairly short trip), but insurance wrote it off.

In other words, the keel attachment was fine, but the hull itself failed due to the amount of force involved (6+ kts into an immovable rock). A different keel type would likely have suffered different damage, but unless you repeated the experiment with a substantially stronger boat, the damage would still have been severe.
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