11/20/2005 8:13 AM Pacific Time Are there any differences in the shape or thicknesses of the swing keel from the early models to the later models?
Bob Vick Caldwell, TX
Boat Name: Over Keel
Hull No. 13059
Hailing Port: Lake Somerville
11/21/2005 4:56 AM Pacific Time Early boats were 15 - 15.5" later boats were 16.5" thick. Since the quality control of the casings was limited, my old keel measured close to 17" thick. They are all supposed to weigh about 550#, however I suspect the thicker keels is one reason later model boats tend to be heaver.
Sean Madian Portland, OR
Boat Name: Time Out
Hull No. CL 3839 FX
Hailing Port: Portland
11/21/2005 5:40 AM Pacific Time I've been looking into this recently and learned a few things. The prior post is correct in that there was a lot of variation year-over-year. The CD keel video makes this point and includes a template if you want to bring your keel, apparently within class limits, up to a thicker size.
Also, I saw a web site from a Cat-22 owner wherein he describes adding an addition 75# of weight to the end of his keep for stability. I think this would make the boat non-class legal fo racing but if that's not your thing and you're not worried about it being an issue at resale you could consider it. If you want, I could probably dig out the URL.
Lynn Buchanan Nevada City, CA
Boat Name: SAILYNN
Model/Year: SWING 1984
Hull No. 11994
Hailing Port: SCOTTS FLAT LAKE, CA
11/21/2005 8:52 PM Pacific Time It is correct that there is variance in shape. The Chief Measurer of the C22 NSA has been studying and keeping records of the differences. During the 2006 Nationals scheduled at Scotts Flat Lake, CA June 19th to the 22nd, we will be taking measurements of keels just as a reference for the Chief Measurer. If you are interested in information gathered at the Nationals in 06 give me a call at 530-470-0511 or e-mail [email protected]