Name: John VanderSchalie
Comment on Keel Fairing
Not to beat a dead horse, but when searching to see the lengths needed for halyard replacement, I saw the posts about whether fairing the keel on a SJ21 is fair play. I read a number of notes, but one thing was missing. The keels that came from the mighty Clark boat company over the years were *vastly* different in quality and shape. An early keel on our #1033 was nice from the widest part back, and looked like someone troweled by hand the leading edge. It was horribly bumpy, and nearly hollow in the shoulders. I owned boats in the 2000 series, that had very nicely finished keels right out of the factory. So, if we are to sail the boat as it came from the factory, older boats would be at quite a disadvantage with their poorly finished keels. So, unless the measurer came out with a one-design template, to which all would need to grind or fill their keels to match, we are certainly not on the same one-design status with keels of vastly different shapes as they came out of the factory over the different years.
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