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I would say if it is a swing keel you should always keep it down on a beat. The ability to point higher and slide sideways less will more than compensate for the added drag. Also raising it effects the CR of the boat and could create lee helm, depending on how your boat is balanced out, which if the wind suddenly picks up could put you in a bad situation. It is also acts as your ballast which could, if it was up in a heavy gust, cause a knock down that may otherwise have been avoided.
1976 Chrysler 22 "CinJam"
Last edited by Banshi; 06-19-2008 at 10:44 PM.