Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: New Jersey
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I have owned two centerboard vessels, a Bristol 29.9 and my current Sabre 34.
I experienced no lack of sailing ability in either vessel, nor are they difficult to single hand. I can't speak directly to the vessels you've listed. Centerboards like any other feature on a boat require maintenance. I replaced the cable on each vessel once. Not a major project, and a reasonable cost in exchange for the greater accessibilty to shallow waters it gives me. My draft is 3'11" board up.