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ovidius 04-18-2003 09:07 AM

keel/centerboard seaworthiness
ok this might be a dumb question but i can''t find the answer anywhere. Are the keel boats with a retractable centerboard seaworthy enough for any ocean sailing?,..i.e do they maintain their self righting characteristics?.I am contemplating purchasing such a boat that is a very well built over all. Any responses greatly appreciated. Thank you all.

Jeff_H 04-18-2003 09:40 AM

keel/centerboard seaworthiness
It very much depends on the design. Certainly some of the 1960''s/ 1970''s era keel centerboarders designed by the like of S&S, Charlie Morgan, Ted Brewer, and Ted Hood (Dieter Empacher)etc. were intended as sea boats and did well as such. While they were typically a little heavier than a similar keel boat with a similar stability, they offered good sailing manners on most points of sail, espcially if you don''t mind playing the board.


JohnDrake 04-21-2003 05:55 AM

keel/centerboard seaworthiness
I am the happy owner of one of the design''s Jeff has mentioned, a Hood 38, built by Wauquiez. It is the sistership to the Bristol 38.8 and Little Harbor 38.

I chose this boat after careful consideration (including a great deal of help from Jeff). Initially, a K/Cb design meant a little more maintenance...really nothing more than inspecting the cable every season and cutting off and corroded pieces and re-attaching. I talked with other owners and found the advantages were really terrific and far outweighed any disadvantages.

First and foremost, the Ted Hood (ok, Dieter) designed K/CB keel is efficient enough for it to sail the boat on all points of sail without any use of the CB at all. In fact, the Hood 38 will point to 30 degree apparent with no trouble without the board. Using the board gives races a definate advantage as they can control and modify the foil in the underbody and gives offshore sailors a greater ability to go to weather. Cruising sailors favor these designs for their 4.5 ft also comes in handy on the Ches Bay and FLA. Finally, the encapsulated ballast means that you will not risk a keel crashing through the canoe underbody and sink the boat (this in fact happened to a Catalina 27 on the Bay last year), and there will never be any leaking keelbolts to take care of.

I could not be happier. The boat is perfectly dry and sails great. It indeed is a well known bluewater boat and sought after by offshore cruisers. You will also see K/CB underbodies on such high end boats as Alden, Hinckley and Little Harbor (ok, no surprise there :).

Best to all

S/V Invictus

ginotworivers 04-21-2003 06:27 PM

keel/centerboard seaworthiness
John, I could not agree more with what you have said if I had said it myself.TP III is a center board keel, design with the ballast incapulated.

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