Originally Posted by wannabsailor
Was looking at Boats for Sale and ran across a 25' O'Day with a 2'10" draft. Owner said it was great for shallows...etc. but then made the comment it had a center board, '... no swing keel to mess with,' implying it's a bad thing?
So, if one is in shallow waters is a swing keel a good thing or a bad thing?
Every thing on a boat that is designed to move need some level of maintenance.
Swing keel is a more complicated design than center board.
More complicated more maintenance or parts to break.
But boat design is full of trade off's
A center board take more space inside and might be a little bit more awkward to operate.
I wold not let a single feature of the boat put me on/off.
If you need/want a shallow draft boat - why not have a look at it?