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It has a good bit of rocker and i feel it turns well for a 17'4" boat. It is 21.5" wide and accelerates well and fairly fast. It tracks fairly well too if i keep my eye on where i want it to go. I rarely use the skeg but then if you do it will track very well.
I also have a Shearwater Merganser it is a S&G 23" wide and 17' long with hard chines. It tracks a bit better than the Buc, and has less rocker. It seems to me it has a bit of skeg built into the keel at the stern by design. I haven't missed the lack of a drop down skeg with this boat. When put on edge it turns well.
Both boats carry lots of gear for longer trips. Of the two I prefer the Buccaneer for playing in the surf a slight bit more, but enjoy tripping in both.
I would have to agree with keel profile, length, rocker, etc. probably have much more to do with tracking than chines.
I should add to me both boats seem very stable, even the narrower Buccaneer.
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