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post #5 of Old 02-28-2011 Thread Starter
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Thank you for the replies. One good reason to winch up the keel when reaching is that is keeps quite a bit of weight aft, but my serious concerns are jibing; I see a lot of warnings about not having the centerboard down when jibing a dinghy, and I am not sure there is much distinction between a dinghy and a 16' pocket cruiser. I guess I will just try retracting it when heading downwind.

I am stuffing enough foam under the cockpit so that having anything worse than a learning experience is unlikely.
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