Long keel or V-shaped hull?

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by isaac_bon, Sep 10, 2018.

  1. isaac_bon
    Joined: Jan 2013
    Posts: 2
    Likes: 0, Points: 1, Legacy Rep: 10
    Location: Gothenburg

    isaac_bon New Member


    I'm one of those dreaming of building my own boat (or have it built for me).
    The dream boat shall be a long keeled ocean going yacht, roughly 12 m, built in steel or aluminum.
    While searching the web i stumbled across this page
    Type comparison http://www.dickkoopmans.nl/uw_jacht/type_vergelijk.html
    and can't really understand what is the difference between the long keel boat and the V-shaped hull boat?

    Can anyone describe the differences between these hull forms?
    Why is the V-shaped hull an overall better sailor?
    Is this true in general or only for this particular designer's yachts?

  2. JamesG123
    Joined: Mar 2015
    Posts: 654
    Likes: 76, Points: 28, Legacy Rep: 10
    Location: Columbus, GA

    JamesG123 Senior Member

  3. messabout
    Joined: Jan 2006
    Posts: 3,347
    Likes: 482, Points: 83, Legacy Rep: 1279
    Location: Lakeland Fl USA

    messabout Senior Member

    Isaac, A vee shaped hull is not necessarily a better sailor. Where and how it will be sailed, in what weather and sea state, consideration of comfort factor, rig choice,
    and a whole list of other variables determine whether a boat type sails better. One must also define words like "better". Does that mean faster, more weatherly, drier, limited draft, etc.

    A vee shaped hull would probably be easier to build, in steel or aluminum, than a round bottomed long keel boat. The vee choice might be somewhat less expensive to build for that reason.

  4. JosephT
    Joined: Jun 2009
    Posts: 859
    Likes: 107, Points: 43, Legacy Rep: 218
    Location: Roaring Forties

    JosephT Senior Member

    Agree with messabout. Here is a pic of along keel sailboat. It spans nearly the entire length of the hull below the waterline. These hulls are generally slower, but there are some faster ones out there. Here is a Toshiba 36. It has good speed compared to others. Something like that might be your ticket. Designed by Robert Perry. See link below to this and others similar in size.

    The Tashiba 36 Sailboat http://bluewaterboats.org/tashiba-36/
    The Cape George 36 Sailboat http://bluewaterboats.org/cape-george-36/
Forum posts represent the experience, opinion, and view of individual users. Boat Design Net does not necessarily endorse nor share the view of each individual post.
When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. Your circumstances or experience may be different.