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A canting keel is not the same thing as a swing keel.

A swing keel is a heavily ballasted centerboard. A canting keel is a bulb keel on a long strut that can be swung lateral, to alter the ballast position and help keep the boat level. This is a photo of a swing keel with keelstub.



The Volvo Ocean Race boats have a canting keel, and have supplemental daggerboards to help prevent leeway when the canting keel is canted and will do little to prevent leeway. Here's a photo of a boat with a canting keel.

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