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Why I'm prejudiced against full/long keel boats... Back around the time of the Sarmatian Empire, when I was in between "young-ish" and "early middle-aged" I taught sailing. I'd raced on SF Bay for 5-6 years and had a Cal 20, then had an International H Boat. I taught for most of a summer at school that used Santana 22's and Excalibur 26's as their teaching boats. After a few months, I got hired to teach at another, nearby school. The first set of lessons, with a group of 4 nurses no less, was held on that schools Jeanneau Fantasia 27. That went fine, except for the time that the traveler car line didn't get cleated off and the traveler slammed into one of the womens little finger. Blood everywhere, but she was a sport about it. ANYWAY, so all my sailing experience was on smallish keelboats with separate rudders. Then I got an introductory class/charter with new clients on the Gulf 32 that the school had. The man was all jazzed about it. He didn't want to learn on the "little boat" he wanted to learn on the "big boat" 'cause he was going to be taking clients out sailing. His wife REALLY did not want to be there. In fact, the husband/wife dynamic was really weird. If I would happen to run into that situation now, I'd tell them to go away and come back when they figured out what they wanted to do. Anyway, she was on the dock, guiding the boat out a bit while I backed us out under power. She kept saying.. "I can't"... "I can't get on" ... even though we were moving about half a knot and all she had to do was grab the shroud and step up. We wound up backing out into the fairway, heading out and turning around to get back in the slip to come back and pick her up. That MF'er would NOT turn at slow speed. I was used to crawling into slips really slowly so as to not create expensive damage. This boat was heavy, HEAVY and I had visions of fiberglass and stainless steel carnage and so I crept in. The fucking boat would NOT respond to the helm. I must have tried 5x. Finally another Gulf 32 owner came by and showed me how he did it. He came at the slip at about 4 knots, then just as he turned into it, gunned the engine in reverse to slow it down. I about shit my pants, but it did work. I wonder how long he had a viable transmission in his boat. Anyway, ever since then, I'm convinced that I will kill people and enrich lawyers and insurance companies if I ever try to operate a full keel boat in anything but open water with a mile clearance in all directions.