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Re: Hake Yachts Seaward 46 RK
I don't see why the Seaward 46 RK wouldn't point as high as any other fin keel boat with outboard shrouds. Obviously, you wouldn't expect to go to weather with the keel retracted.
To bljones point, you would likely sail with the keel down for the most part, but if you had a retractable keel, as I do, you would exercise it to take "shortcuts" and exploit shallow areas in crowded anchorages. I keep mine at a shallow water dock and raise the keel every time I use her. I also take the shortcuts I refer to and retract the keel as needed to minimize the loss of bottom paint on the keel.
I don't have a daggerboard Hake, but my swing keel Clearwater 35 will go to weather with the best of them--with the keel at full 5'11' draft. It matters that my shrouds are inboard. Pull the keel up, and the weatherliness goes out the window, as does the maneuverability and this would apply to the Hake boats, as well. However, when you draw less than 2' with everything retracted, the convenience outweighs the maneuverability issue and the need to rely on motorized propulsion in really skinny water.
RobGallagher's broker has a point. A retractable keel will require more structure, as will the rudder arrangement, so there will be a weight penalty compared to a conventional boat that would compromise it as a racer.
Trust me: once you have experienced a fully retractable keel (on the East Coast, anyway) you will not want to go back to a fixed keel or even a conventional centerboard for cruising. The only downside is that you have a more complex structure and more moving parts to maintain, so the initial cost is significantly higher--everything else being equal--and there will be some modest additional life cycle maintenance costs for the keel and rudder(s).