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Provided the boat has a centerboard, where the board is not a significant portion of the ballast rather than a swing keel, I don't see much issue with using one for bluewater passages, provided the boat is properly designed. As an example, the Ovnis use a centerboard and are well regarded as bluewater cruisers.
Shoal draft, which is a major reason many boats have a centerboard, is very advantageous, as it allows you to go more places, and gives you more options in terms of refuge from storms.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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