See pic below of keels.
Last edited by Jcorstorphine; 11-05-12 at 15:58.
Cheers for that Trevorr, that's what I was after.
+1 for the Macwester ...but then I would say that.
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The Berwick ( sloop) makes remarkably little leeway. So little that we never really bothered to allow for it in preparing courses to steer.
The sloop rigged Pentland will be the same no doubt. I'd guess the ketches may not be so good
Even with unmodified keels it's not going to blow up on contact with mud !
My father had a late Centaur with modified keel stubs - by him on top of previous owners' efforts - and the only annoyance was a tiny weep from the odd keel bolt.
That was in the softest mud one can get, 24 /7 half tide swinging mooring 7-8 months a year.
I would say most Westerlies of this type actually sail pretty well if one knows what they're doing, the downside is the lack of feel on the helm; performance for passage making is fine, it's just unrewarding to a helmsman used to boats which talk to them.