Swing keel or lifting keel? The site says lifting.
That is a great looking boat. Super cockpit.
" really poor"?
Things must be a lot better in Europe than they are here.
Regarding poor, I was kidding and I put a big
there but all is relative: For having a 50ft boat, even a production one, one has not to be poor but comparing with the 3 to 4 million of euros that cost the 60ft one off, the cost of the aluminium 53 ft Cigale 16 (700 000 euros) or the price of the Pogo 50 (550 000 euros) is a very controlled price and in both cases, that is a lot of boat for the price, even comparing with the competition.
Regarding the keel I don't know were you saw that but probably it is an error of translation from French to English. The Pogos have or a fixed keel or a Swing one that is by far the more popular (I was talking about the Pogo, both the custom 100ft and the 60ft have lifting keels).
Here a Pogo 30 with the two keels:
Here a Pogo 50 with the swing keel:
In fact that keel started to be studied by Finot back in 78 and it is a small work of art. It occupies much less space than a a lifting keel making possible to be used by small sailboats. It is mechanical simple it works very well and is less expensive to build than a lifting keel.
That keel is now a big success and many French performance cruisers and even some voyage boats use that keel in their short draft versions. In some cases the weight of the ballast on a swing keel is less than the one on a deep draft keel because, even if deep, a keel for a cruising boat has to have a reasonable draft when on a small boat as a 35ft with a swing keel it is possible to have a draft of 2.80m with the keel down.
Regarding the Pogo 50 and its price, that is a high performance boat with Carbon mast swing keel and a high tech building: the boat weights only 8900kg. A boat like that has to be expensive and the Pogo manages to keep the price down. Anybody else offers that type of performance and versatility for an approximated price.
The owner of the boat that is on the video that I had posted before had made last year the ARC on the racing division with a relatively small crew of 5. Besides the owner one of then was the builder and other was the NA that works with Finot, Pascal Conq. They have fun and made a hell of a race, crossing in 13 days and 10 hours making 4th overall finishing among the big yachts, with many big ones behind.