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Old 08-22-2006
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Originally Posted by SailinJay
My experience with swing keels is limited to the Catalina 22. Gives you a five-foot draft on a small boat, which I liked, but after acquiring the boat (a 1976 model) in 1998, and adding a new cable and winch, the cable snapped twice in the four years I sailed the boat. ...
...The whipping action of a slack cable will eventually lead to it breaking.

The other issue was the entry point of the cable into the boat and the system used to make sure water didn't gush in. Kind of primitive (a piece of radiator hose attached by a hose clamp to a "cone" molded in the fiberglass of the bottom of the boat) and I was just never comfortable with this system.
Indeed, there are things to be worked out on that one.
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