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I just donít seem to be able to shake the idea of sailing away. But if it is going to happen my lifestyle choices (read money) will mandate that it happens in an older and smallish sailboat. I am willing to make compromises such as no standing headroom, no engine (no compromise really) and keeping the boat light. My thinking has gone through the older Alberg and Folkboats but I keep wondering about the small keel / centerboarders. In particular the S&S designed Yankee Dolphin and her big sister the Tartan 27. Are the centerboards problematic for offshore sailing? Are they easy to clean and service? And can they be locked down? My cruising area is the Pacific Northwest so any offshore sailing I do will be in the Pacific.
So does anyone have any opinions or experience with sailing offshore in these types of sailboats? Also, does anyone know what points of sail these boats can sail with reasonable efficiency with their boards up?

One other question that hopefully Jeff will jump on. I keep running into boats that were designed for the Midget Ocean Racing Club (MORC) rule. How successful was this rule in producing seaworthy, offshore capable sailboats?

Thanks, Bill
Lopez Island, WA
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