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What are all these ropes and stuff for?

Hello, forum members. My wife and I just bought our first sailboat, a 1970 Irwin 27, and I am going to needs some advice from time to time from the experienced people. I have owned a few power boats, but this sailboat stuff is all new to me, so thanks in advance for the information.

Without further adieu, my Irwin has a "drop keel". I assume that the boat was designed with a drop keel so that it could be hauled on a trailer. Are there other advantages, and how are drop keels typically operated?

Next, is a 30 amp shore power inlet and cable adequate? I just want to run an LCD television and some other light duty electronics, like a battery charger and such.
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