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post #9 of Old 04-15-2004
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the perfect 20'''' cruising boat?

You are right about gravity, of course. I experienced the problem with a swing keel that could not be locked down when sailing a Venture out in the Atlantic and the boat was rolled so fast and so far that the board came up and damaged the trunk. Only a quick mainsail release saved our fannies. When I raced on San Juan 21''s we would retract the keel on a run. That was pretty much standard fair in the 1970''s.

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