fin keel


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fin keel

[′fin ‚kēl]
(naval architecture)
A metal plate or thin fairing attached to the keel of sailing craft to give resistance to lateral motion, and frequently having a cigar-shaped lead bulb at the bottom to give transverse stability. Also known as ballast fin.
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She is a medium displacement yacht with a fin keel and separate rudder behind a full skeg.
The Reichel-Pugh designed yacht is very fast for its length due to its powerful sail plan and stiff characteristics brought about by its generous T-bulb fin keel, which has a ballast of 2,500 kilograms.
The fin keel was made in New Zealand, the bulb is being cast in South Australia, the sails are from Doyle, while Peter Kula of Applied Composites in Melbourne is building the carbon fibre mast.