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    What the heck is this?

    I've seen no keels, one keels, two keels, twin rudders, trim tabs, wings, but never THREE KEELS!





    A little disorganization goes a long way toward fun sailing.

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    Oh my... it *is* a sailboat. A Westerly, I suspect.

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    Looks like a manatee.

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    Damn! Someone stole my idea.

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    You could throw some axles on that pig and have yourself a land yacht!

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    Creature from the black lagoon?

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    That's a whole lotta keels.
    A little disorganization goes a long way toward fun sailing.

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    Truthfully, while there is no wonder in why boats like that aren't more common, I can see the value in it. Consider if you sailed in an area with large tidal swings and/or lots of shallow water coupled with strong winds.

    I've never awaited a tide while having my boat high and dry over on her beam end, but I can imagine how uncomfortable that would be; and if the cockpit were pointed towards breakers as the water came up? It would be unspeakably worse.

    In strong winds, the ridiculously high wetted-surface and extra water turbulence wouldn't matter much in comparison to the ability to comfortably wait out an unfavorable tidal phase.

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