Join Date: Feb 2000
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I am a big fan of keel/centerboard boats for distance cruising. Proper engineering seems to be pretty easy and from my experience and research, problems with the better built big centerboard boats is pretty rare.
Obviously, like any shoal draft boat, there are some trade off in performance (stability and speed) that comes from the increased ballast weight that is required to achieve equal stability on a boat where the ballast is carried vertically closer to vertical center of buoyancy. Still and all, the S&S, Brewer and Hood designed centerboard boats seem to be well thought through and offer a good compromise that permits bigger boats to sail in shallower draft venues.