Originally Posted by hellosailor
But when you mention "capsize" that's something else entirely with a centerboard boat. My impression is that fixed keels have always been preferred for crossings where a capsize might happen, simply because a centerboard may become a guillotine slicing into the hull during an inversion.
There is no way that the loss of the centerboard on a S&S designed T-37 would compromise the seaworthinesses of the vessel, be it glassed in, missing, or just not bothered to be dropped and the notion of it to "become a guillotine" during an inversion is simply ridiculous.
The majority of Hinckleys & Bristols also have centerboards, not for ballast, but as a performance boost....