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post #2 of Old 01-31-2013
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Originally Posted by wannabsailor View Post
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?

Pro's? Con's?
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?
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