Another canting keel falling off; good luck guys

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  1. CT 249
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    The Elliott 50 Ran Tan II is losing her keel in mid Pacific. Rescue on the way.

    The loss rate of canting keels is even worse than that of modern ultra high aspect fins.
     
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  3. CT 249
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    They were about 1400 miles from land. I'd call that a reasonably big deal. It's hard to step to a dock in mid-Pacific.

    Boat is now gone, crew have been picked up.
     
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    C'mon there, a bit of comprehension, please.
    The post is dissing canting keels.
    The "big deal" is that this one accident with a canting keel is a minor blip in accident statistics, not the seriousness of this one situation.
     

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    C'mon there R, a bit of compassion, please. For people including the friends of the crew, the owner, potentially the people involved in the maintenance of the keel, the rescuers and others this can definitely be a reasonably big deal.

    The post is providing another instance of a design that has a very high failure rate compared to other keel styles. When dealing with such an important issue, surely it is reasonable to mention such incidents.

    In racing keelboats such as this, engine and electrical failure appears to have caused very few, if any, fatalities. What happens to planked wooden boats or craft at dockside is largely irrelevant to racing yachts at sea. The statistics that some of us really worry about are the ones that can cause loss of life. And apart from everything else, a boat lost at the dock is much easier to salvage than one lost 1400 miles from shore......
     
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