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RL 24 Alpha Fixed Keel Questions
I know this has been posted before without much success. Can anybody offer any specs on the fixed keel version, in particular, the boat weight and or keel weight and ballast ratio. Are they stiffer than say the swing keel or drop keel model? Much appreciated
Emilio Pannaci29-May-2007    Edit    Delete 
Re: RL 24 Alpha Fixed Keel Questions
The Alpha fixed keel RL24s were only built for the Sydney market, and by request of the distributer there, the fixed keels were 30Kg heavier, a little deeper and wider than the swing keel Mk 3 boats. The boats were quite a lot stiffer to sail, and went very well to windward, but not quite as well down wind. From memory the keel weight was 150Kg.
Rob.29-May-2007    Edit    Delete 
Re: RL 24 Alpha Fixed Keel Questions
Thanks very much Rob. Probably just what I am looking for because I have two young kids and a stiffer boat will be more forgiving in gusts on Sydney Harbour. My last boat was a Timpenny 770 swing keel and I considered that very tender with poor windward ability but good off the breeze.
Emilio Pannaci30-May-2007    Edit    Delete 
Re: RL 24 Alpha Fixed Keel Questions
If you are considering buying the fixed keel 24, and it has been moored over the last twenty plus years. I would suggest that you have it slipped. The keels on those boats were cast iron and fastened with stainless steel bolts so, it is reasonable to expect that the cast iron around the bolt holes could be effected in that time.
Not a big problem, but you may need to add a couple of extra bolts to make sure. I would have one of the bolts removed because even 316 stainless steel can deteriate over that time.
Good luck.
Rob30-May-2007    Edit    Delete 

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