- May 17, 2014
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The deep fin keel with the batten main mast is closer to the wind and clearly faster than my wing keel and roller furling main. That being said, I can get out of the marina in the winter. Here in Choctawhatchee Bay, with prevailing winter winds from the north, the water drops almost 1.5 feet in the winter, leaving just six inches under my wing keel. The deep fin just wouldn't go into my slip. As I get older, I find it real convenient not to leave the cockpit to furl the sails. That being said, when Whit's End goes by me on Wednesday nights, I do pine for the conventional main, and fin keel. In truth, I'm better off with what I have. One must know one's limitations
Interesting change, I thought most go the other way with prop changes. My 310 has a fixed 3 and I put the transmission into reverse to lock it per the manual. My 100% freshwater boat shows a much better condition then the boats I know that have been in saltwater. I assume you increased the pitch on the 2 blade due to clearance.I used to have a fixed three-blade (very drag inducing - fully 1/2 of the hull drag) and went with a two-blade a year ago.
No just the one hole. Not sure how far the tube protrudes out of the deck, but mine may be a bit higher thus the hole is lower and drains before the water level can top the tube.Thanks for the picture. A couple questions, (1) would it help if the hole was lower on the mast, ie: closer to the base? and (2) do you have 2 holes, one on each side?