RL24, RL28, and RL34 Trailable Yachts
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Replying to:keel conversion
Hi All I have an RL28 (sail#126).I have just converted to a mast h/d rig and find that in light winds,10-15k's she really flies but anything over that I have to reef to stay upright and reduce weather helm. I have been toying with the idea of making a drop keel with bulb that will drop into the existing centre-case.If make the new keel go nearly up to the dk/hd in the raised position with a bulb that is just outside the hull, it will be nearly twice as deep as the existing swing keel in the lowered position. I am thinking that with the deeper keel the boat will stay standing more upright in stronger breezes. I have seen drop keel versions of the 28 but am wondering if anyone has any thoughts(pro's-con's)of a diy conversion. I am thinking of using 1 1/2" steel plate with maybe a 6" steel pipe filled with lead welded to the bottom. I don't want to permanently alter the boat so that it will all be able to be reversed if need be. Any idea's for or against would be greatly appreciated. Cheers