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Re: American 14.6 questions

that boat is a centerboard boat not a swing keel. the center board has very little weight and the boat will not be self righting. the center board should be left all the way down during sailing. there are times when you can retract the centerboard when going down wind but mostly for racing to lessen the drag and it will not be as stable. the retractable center board is to allow the boat to be beached and trailered. if beach lanching you will need to start sailing with the board up and extend the board as soon as you can as the water gets deep enough. beach lauching is also made a bit easier if you have a retractable rudder like the ones on the Nacra
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