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Cruising With Centerboard

I recently purchased a 1971 Irwin 28 with a centerboard. Restoration is going smoothly, but lately I''ve been wondering about limitations for this type of boat. For instance, could I sail this boat to the Caribbean? Or would this boat be better suited for the Chesapeake?
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Cruising With Centerboard

I am of the opinon you can sail any boat any time any where you want. A centerboard is ideal for the caribbean. Your boat is probally more set up for coastal work than offshore but the mods for bluewater are easily done. If you took the icw route to caribbean you can probally go like you are now.
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We, too, are wondering about the merits of a centerboard for offshore sailing. We have an older 37 Tartan in our sights but we can't get past the 'centerboard' thing. We have cruised for many years with a fixed 6' lead keel and any help or input anyone could give regarding centerboards, specifically on Tartans, would be truly appreciated.
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Chantysong,

First of all, welcome to SailNet!

Considering all the maintenance on a boat of that age, the centerboard is probably only about 1% For waters like the Chesapeake it is a real plus IMO. You may already know this, but the T37 was also built with a fin keel, sometimes called a T38.

For me, the centerboard is the best of both worlds, great windward ability and shallow draft when needed. A few owners have glassed over the slot, but I find we use it often, its a breeze to lower and raise.

The T37C forum would be very informative for you as well: Tartan37.com • Index page


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As long as the centerboard was properly maintained, and the pennants and the pin are in good shape, the centerboard should be fine. You really do want a centerboard, if the boat was designed with one, since it will greatly improve your windward performance.
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Centerboard cruisers

I owned a Tartan 37 with a centerboard and sailed it back and forth from Maine to the Bahamas about 8 times and it was great. Before that boat we had several other smaller Tartans specifically because they had centerboards. The versatility of the centerboard with 4'-2" draft permitting access to shallow waters is invaluable.
We have been sailing a Pacific Seacraft 40 with shoal keel 5'-2" draft for the last 10 years and the extra 12" of draft does limit our options occasionally but not as badly as a 6'-0" draft might.

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Wow! Thank you everyone for your thoughts and sharing your experience. We cruise the Pacific Northwest where depth isn't an issue and the thought was that it was just one more thing to go wrong. I really think there are too many Tartans centerboards out there cruising without a problem to be too concerned by the sounds of it. Maintenance is everything on a boat and we will make sure all has been kept in good shape before we decide.
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