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A properly designed Keel/Centerboard boat is a great bluewater boat and has the advantage of a shallower draft for when in coastal waters. The major issue with it is the slightly increased maintenance that the centerboard requires.

As for what SpecialD said, that really depends on the boats in question. A keel boat may be stiffer, and may have weight lower, but if the keel/CB design is a good one, it won't point any higher. The height of the COE has little to do with the boat's ability to point.
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