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The Advantages of Twin Keels
"There has been a growing interest in twin keel boats in North America. Although some design work has been done here on sail craft of this type, there are more numerous examples in Europe, particularly in Britain. When first developed, these boats had large keels to support them when sitting on the mud flats, causing them to be slow in light airs due to excessive wetted surface. Because of lack of moorage, twin keel boats were the answer to a need for a shallow draft craft which could sit high and dry in the Thames between tides. Yet these very same boats had to be perfectly at home sailing in the strong winds and rough waters of the North Sea and English Channel. They quickly acquired a reputation as good cruisers as their shallow draft and seaworthiness are features at the top of any cruising man's list. The few English-built twin keel boats that have found their way over to Canada and the U.S. have been a disappointment in our lighter wind conditions."
(Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 24, 2004 )
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