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The wing keel.

Postby excavman » Sat Aug 06, 2011 1:12 pm

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Postby Alanhod » Sun Aug 07, 2011 2:51 am

From what I read about Chrysler Boat Division, they were way ahead of there time on designs. I have no evidence what so ever but the wing keel had to have it's roots before the rest of us noticed it the Americas cup in the Mid 1980's.

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Postby Capt. Bondo » Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:12 am

It's hard to tell for sure from the picture, but the ebay boat looks more like a type of bulb keel than a wing keel.
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Postby sauerleigh » Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:15 am

The wing keel was apparently developed in Australia, patent applied for in 1981, granted in 82. The photos of your boat show what looks like a wing keel, either custom or home made.
"On 6 July 1982 Norport Pty. Ltd filed Australian Patent Application 85668/82 [23] for "Yacht Keel With Fins Near Tip", invented by Ben Lexcen. This became known as the "Winged Keel" and was used on Alan Bond's Australia II yacht during its successful challenge to the America's Cup in 1983."
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