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when to deploy the drop down keel?
There has been a debate onboard regarding when to use the drop down keel on our 32 ft shoal draft cruiser.
Position A is always. For lack of the correct descriptive physics it seems to me that the counter forces of the sail and keel enable the sail plan.
Position B is that the keel may provide too much drag/resistant foce in light air thereby slowing the boats progress, and to only use it during heavy wind and or large wave action.