Performance Study of Daggerboards Versus Keels

Performance Study of Daggerboards Versus Keels

By: Phillip Berman, published with editor's permission from Boating NZ and Blue Water Sailing In my forty-five year career in the catamaran industry there’s been a relentless debate on the virtues and vices of daggerboards versus fixed keels. This debate has, however, mostly been waged without “hard numbers” from which to...

DAGGERBOARDS VS KEELS

WHICH IS BEST FOR ME? Many people are confused about the pros and cons of daggerboards versus keels. As with everything, there are advantages and disadvantages. Here are my thoughts on the pros and cons of dagger-boards: PROS A daggerboarded cat will sail consistently higher into the wind than a cat...

CATAMARAN VS MONOHULL

WHICH IS BEST FOR YOU? I’ve long been fond of quoting the 16th century Scottish philosopher David Hume who wrote that “all advantages are attended with disadvantages.” For Hume the good life had nothing to do with the quest for perfection, but the effort to discover the wise compromise that...

SAILDRIVES OR STRAIGHT SHAFTS? WHICH IS BEST FOR ME?

Many buyers who contact us these days develop some very strong personal preferences about a range of things: dagger boards versus keels, Yanmar versus Volvo, Flybridge versus Bulkhead Helms, etc. etc. Many buyers send us long "Must Have" lists. One of the "Must Have's" we are getting from some buyers...

NEW NETTING MAKES TRAMPOLINES TOUGHER

I had the occasion last summer to construct a deployable aft trampoline for my catamaran Boondock. Hang on a second, did I just say aft trampoline? Well, Boondock is a special case. I describe her as a Northwest interpretation of a Polynesian voyaging multihull. She is a 54' open bridgedeck...

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