Cruising Boat Check List
"Most cruising boats run aground at one time or another, and sometimes at speed. Some keel designs are much better suited to withstand a hard grounding without damage than others. In my experience (having run aground in varying conditions and areas) the best type of keel for serious cruising is relatively long, where the keel is either part of the hull with the ballast added internally and then heavily fiberglassed over, or else attached to a substantial stub which is an integral part of the hull. "
(Submitted by Noel Thu May 20, 2004 )
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