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  1. korrigan
    Hi Jeff,

    You may not remember me. I'm Steve P and we used to discuss boats on-line and met at a CWBB party.

    I've read with interest a number of your posts in various places.

    I'm just now getting around to getting my captains license and considering getting a larger boat for the business. The J44 is on the top of my list and I noticed you expressed a liking for these boats.

    Some things about J boats like the bolt and adhesive hull deck joint rather than a laminated joint worry me.

    There's also the stories of rudders breaking and keels falling off.

    Do you think there's any concern about the long term lifespan of a boat built like the J44? It's got a Category + A1 offshore rating.

    Anyway, hope this finds you well. I've been getting out sailing but not really going anywhere.

    Steve Purcell
    steve.purcell.k at gmail
  2. Scott S.
    Hi Jeff,

    I sure have enjoyed, and been rewarded by, your writing over the past few years.

    You wrote--approximately-- that peoples opinions of the proper bluewater cruiser is what should dictate whether one chooses a long keel, or a fin keel, and that a boat with one or the other does not give it an advantage over the other. (Rough approximation, now, I see.) But isn't a full keel inherently stronger? Aren't boats built with full keels more likely to be built to a strength standard that is less arbitrary, and by design, their keels more unified and, thus, protected?
    I know that variables in the design and build could render a particular fin keeler more robust than a particular full keeler.

    It just stands to (my) reason that a fin keel mount will experience more concentrated loading.


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    Farr 11.6 (AKA Farr 38) Synergy
    Annapolis, Maryland
    I am an architect and sometimes yacht designer. I own a Farr 11.6 (Farr 38) that I daysail, cruise and race single and double-handed. I first sailed in 1961 and began sailing in earnest in 1963.


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