Menu

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

xyachts topper

X Yachts Designs "L" Shaped Keels for Cruisers & Torpedo Keels for Performance Yachts

13th February 2019
1233 Views
Promoted
X Yachts Designs "L" Shaped Keels for Cruisers & Torpedo Keels for Performance Yachts

Danish yacht manufacturer X-Yachts has been explaining why it designs "L" shaped keels for its cruisers, and torpedo "T" shaped keels for its performance yachts range?

Apart from an obvious advantage of the L shaped keel shedding seaweed and lobster pots over the T keel, there are more design considerations that are made.
The main difference is that the centre of lateral resistance is further aft on a T keel in comparison to the more conventional L keel.

The Xc Range has been designed to be more forgiving on longer passages, therefore the sail plan is further forward, suiting the L keel design.

With the Xp Range, there is a desire for optimum upwind performance. One of the ways to achieve this is by maximising the fore-triangle, which moves the centre of effort aft, requiring a keel choice with centre of lateral resistance further aft. Simply moving an L keel aft would not work as the bulb (ballast) must remain in the same location fore and aft.

Published in X-Yachts GB & IRL

xyachts pgtopper

Luxury performance cruising yachts, built in Denmark since 1979

FOLLOW X YACHTS

Afloat.ie Team

About The Author

Afloat.ie Team

Email The Author

Afloat.ie is Ireland's dedicated marine journalism team.

Have you got a story for our reporters? Email us here.

We've got a favour to ask

More people are reading Afloat.ie than ever thanks to the power of the internet but we're in stormy seas because advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. Unlike many news sites, we haven’t put up a paywall because we want to keep our marine journalism open.

Afloat.ie is Ireland's only full–time marine journalism team and it takes time, money and hard work to produce our content.

So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

If everyone chipped in, we can enhance our coverage and our future would be more secure. You can help us through a small donation. Thank you.

Direct Donation to Afloat button

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

mgm sidebutton
bjmarine sidebutton
xyachts sidebutton

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Events

tokyo sidebutton
sovscup sidebutton
vdlr sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating