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Old 11-04-2021, 15:25   #16
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Re: Fin keel or Full keel...

What is a Keel?
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Re: Fin keel or Full keel...

The word "keel" comes from Old English cēol, Old Norse kjóll, = "ship" or "keel".

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What is a Keel?
Isn't it a canal in Germany.???
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Indeed it is, the Keel Canal is how we got our Moody 45DS out of Northern Germany via the Baltic then into the Atlantic to make its way over to the Caribbean. If you ever find yourself in Keel, drop into Frans Gasthaus and say you know me.
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I'd like to hear a few thoughts based on experience...
Which one do you prefer. Full = Albin Vega, Fin = Ericson... both run good, both run smooth, but bth have their own purpose Which is the purpose?

Full, mostly for long distance cruising and heavy seas - very stable
Fin, mostly for speed and agility - agile but nervious
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I'd like to hear a few thoughts based on experience...
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Albin Vega is a full keel?

nothing in life is as simple as full or fin.
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Indeed it is, the Keel Canal is how we got our Moody 45DS out of Northern Germany via the Baltic then into the Atlantic to make its way over to the Caribbean. If you ever find yourself in Keel, drop into Frans Gasthaus and say you know me.
The only place I know in Kiel is the big old bar on the stone quay over to the right of the N entrance lock..
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nothing in life is as simple as full or fin.
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You could say that..
THAT'S a full keel? Not in my book, Boatie... just a longish fin with the rudder attached... and that's not a good combo IMO. Would be better if the rudder were a lot further aft, say on a skeg or transom hung.

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I wouldn't even call MY boat a full keel.
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Would be better if the rudder were a lot further aft, say on a skeg or transom hung.

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That's a good idea, I wonder if any Albin Vega owners would consider mounting a transom hung rudder and report back on performance improvements? Just borrow one from a J24 maybe?
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I wouldn't even call MY boat a full keel.
The vast majority of what we call full keels are modified full keels with a cutaway forefoot. The graphic is just for illustration. I don't agree with any of the analysis.
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The vast majority of what we call full keels are modified full keels with a cutaway forefoot. The graphic is just for illustration. I don't agree with any of the analysis.

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Re: Fin keel or Full keel...

Despite the thread, following all the deliberations, I am currently in the market for a Hobie 16. I'll be sailing that around the lakes here for the next few years. Then... Well, I have no idea about 'then.' What I know is I wanna start sailing this season somehow.

Apart from the short term plan, after researching the sailboats and having fun here, I grew liking to: 1190 sport, 105MC, Catalina 22 w/retractable, Precision 23, First 27 SE, way different than what I though I 'shall' like - No full keels, no fin keels, only a bunch of small retractable keel monohulls and a couple of catamarans, all over the place.

When I move by the ocean, I'll possibly find something like Catalina 22 Sport and sail it for years before I even consider anything bigger. After all is said and done, I shall have an idea about what I want to do with a sailboat. If I'll only be a daysailor and enjoy races and such, a bigger daysailor / racer monohull may be a good next boat. If my other half and I decide to live onboard and also end up with some extra funds, a catamaran with good sailing habits might be a breezy fun sailboat.

All those comparisons and discussions have been a blast, but a novice with no experience like me will not know what to do with the info. Right now, I'm experiencing one disappointment after another everytime I drive to see a dinghy I found online. Hobie 16 at the top of the list, but I'm okay with a Laser or a Sunfish - what ever I can find in good condition. One guy was selling a Sunfish with a big hole on the hull. It was not a sailboat, actually, it was a hole and a Sunfish built around it - as if the poor sailboat was thrown onto a telephone pole or something. Another guy asked $5500 for a 2015 Hobie Wave; I laughed, laughed, and laughed. I'll eventually find something reasonable to start the fun with...

Anyhow... Sorry about the poll!?
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