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What is technically correct and what term is generally used and understood are not always the same. The big piece of steel that swings down on my boat weighs about 140 pounds and almost anywhere you find a listing for my boat or similar ones they will be referred to as a "swing keel".
Chuckles is right about needing more specific info, though. I have a planing hull with a shallow V, so I cannot point nearly as well without it if I am heeling.
Sounds like your boat has a swing keel then, not a centerboard, that makes some sense on a 17' foot boat, but not on a 32' which is four to five times larger and is again most likely equipped with a centerboard. Knowing what it is pretty key to knowing what it is for...
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