Re: SWING KEELS GOOD or BAD?
The various swing/cb/shoal draft options out there have their place, in some areas they are essential.
A swing keel will generally 'kick up' if you happen to get to shallow with little or no damage, most daggerboards when down will not. The swing keel may offer more options with helm balance and tweaking the balance of the boat over a daggerboard.
The pivot pins in swing keels can be a pain, but usually only if their upkeep/maintenance is neglected.
I'd be looking for a swing keel if I was expecting to routinely sail in shallow water.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)