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Re: American 14.6 questions

for sailing you need the center board down to prevent the boat from sliping sideways as you sail. when going down wind the boat does not need it as the wind is from behind and won't slip the boat sideways. when motoring or rowing you do not need the center board down. you can sail in shallow water with the board pulled up so it does not hit the bottom you will just not be able to sail as straight foward as with it down. on a round bottom boat the boat will feel a little more tippy with the board up. if you have little experiance in dingy sailing you would be best off to stay in close to shore in a bay or lake until you know the boat. this type of boat will tip over if you do not have your weight in the right place to counter the force of the wind. the Nacras will not fill with water but this type of boat will and you will require help if the boat tipes over and fills with water, it can be swamped but will not sink. might want to get a lesson in a dingy or bring someone that as dingy sailing experiance with you. not trying to scare you this boat is a very docile sailing dingy with small sail area but any boat can be trouble if you do not have the right skills

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