Originally Posted by robelz
Have you ever tried to sail with keel up? I am often limited to 2.00m...
We're also frequently restrained by draft, even to be able to leave Nieuwpoort
. But we always keep the keel completely up (1m20) until we reach open (and sufficiently deep) water before hoisting the sails.
Not because of stability, Paulo already posted very reassuring curves even with the keel up
. But this very deep (3m) and slim keel is only sufficiently stable when it's head is firmly holded within its hull case.
This is just a matter of design: the keel is not supposed to take the strain under sail unless it is completely down, otherwise it could whobble. But once you get used to take attention to this, it only takes to push the right button to switch from shallow to deep draft