fin keel

noun Nautical.

a finlike projection extending downward from the keel of a sailboat, serving to prevent lateral motion and acting as additional ballast. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fin keel

  • As to whether a fin-keel or a weighted centreboard is the better, he has not yet made up his mind.

  • The fin-keel requires great depth if it is to be of any real use, and it is in this particular point that small yachts suffer.

  • The shark-bodied cutter, with her fin-keel below and her balloon above, was indeed now moving toward a position above the cruiser.

British Dictionary definitions for fin keel

fin keel


a projection from the keel of a vessel to give it additional stability
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