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Mark3 and drop down keels
I am looking at a "Mark 3 with a drop down keel"
Is this likely to be a retrofitted drop down keel?
Is there anyway to know the righting force of such a modification and whether it is "self righting" in a knockdown.
Robert Winn 29-Jan-2012    Edit    Delete 
Re: Mark3 and drop down keels
As a rule of thumb, if the keel weighs 100 KG plus it fits within the class rules and would have a limited self righting ability.

There is no way of knowing about the keel fitted to that boat, but, the name of the boat and the sail number may help track it down.

If you are interested in buying this boat and get no further information about the keel then ask the owner if you can test the self righting ability. The water needs to be about 80 cm deep and see if you can pull the boat down with a rope from the hounds till the mast touches the water and then you can judge for yourself.

Note that the ability of a TS to self right varies with the condition of the wind, sea, and the circumstances surrounding the event, especially the reactions of the crew at the time.
Rob Legg 29-Jan-2012    Edit    Delete 
Re: Mark3 and drop down keels
If it's the boat advertised on this site from Paynesville, I reckon it might be a Mark 4. If that's the case, it's likely that the keel will be factory fitted, though not definite. I don't recognize the boat, but Rob may recall it. Sail No. Is an indication isn't it Rob?
James Shannon 30-Jan-2012    Edit    Delete 
Re: Mark3 and drop down keels
Thanks very much Rob and James.
Yes it is the boat at Paynesville for sale on the RL site. It has 407 on the main it is using. The photos I received show a tidy looking drop keel which has a case which extends to about seat height.
Robert Winn 31-Jan-2012    Edit    Delete 
Re: Mark3 and drop down keels
I'm almost certain, Robert, that that is a Mark IV with a factory fitted keel. Having said I hadn't seen it, I remember I have actually sailed on it. It's a quite comfortable and solid boat but carries too much gear to be fully race competitive, but I'd be happy to own it.
James Shannon 31-Jan-2012    Edit    Delete 

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