ceilydh at 3web.net
Fri Nov 3 03:46:50 EST 2006
Paul Nudd wrote:
> R.A. Hettinga wrote:
> I believe the "mini keels" are there to reinforce the daggerboards, or
> to give you something to beach the cat on, or something; White talks
> about it in "The Cruising Multihull"
> Glenn Brodie wrote:
>> Not really mini-keels - just a short section about 3-4' long, that goes
>> down about 1 foot to protect the rudder and engine in a grounding -
>> intentional or otherwise. The dagger boards are for performance, with
>> boards up it draws less than 3' - I view it as the _best_ of both
>> worlds. :)
> Sure look like mini-keels to me and the description (3-4' x 1') sounds
> like mini-keels.
> I prefer to have the bottom of the hull strong enough to sit on the
> beach as well as being able to get right up to the edge. This is not
> possible on the 'average slope' beach with 3' draft at the middle of the
> hull (mine draws 2'6" at the rudders and about 1' at the middle).
> I also prefer to be able to get rid of all appendage at the middle for
> safer downwind sailing.
> Mine is not the ultimate cruising boat but my ultimate cruising boat
> would have a bottom strong enough for beaching, daggerboards and no
> mini-keels, fixed spade rudders strong enough for beaching and
> retractable auxilliary drives that don't need the permanent protection
> of mini-keels.
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The mini keels protect the shaft/prop and also keep your hull up out of
the sand when beaching if you're going to paint the boat at low tide
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