Originally Posted by msmith10
Encapsulated keels have their own issues. Repairs after a hard grounding are more difficult. I prefer bare lead.
Mark, I sail in the same area as you, western Lake Erie. It's mostly a sand bottom but I do know there are some rocks, but not many. I have never run aground in my sailing but I don't really roam that far. I would gladly give up the worry over keel bolts which is always in thoughts versus running aground which is a much more remote possibility for me.. I'm not totally certain but with an encapsulated keel I believe ther is less chance of sinking, but that's just a guess on my part.