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sailingforever 06-05-2006 07:05 PM

centreboard versus daggerboard
I have to have whichever keeps the boat stable because my mom is worried about me going by myself in a small boat...:rolleyes:

I've only ever used daggerboards but centreboards seem like a better thing for sailing in a shallow lake.

sailingdog 06-05-2006 08:09 PM

I like centerboards better, as they're often capable of kicking up automatically if you go into too shallow an area. Most daggerboards don't have this ability. :D

jhnpldng 06-05-2006 09:58 PM

I like swing keels/centerboard better - they can be heavier too which gives ballast - ballast and hull design are the major factors in stability - on the other hand a light rig is easier to right by yourself if capsized - then you can continue to sail instead of being stuck out there waiting for help. PS hit the library - I've got two books out right know on sailing and learning tons more than on the internet

Jeff_H 06-06-2006 01:01 PM


In the size boats that you are sailing, there really is no difference in safety between a centerboard and daggerboard. Centerboards offer a lot of convenience in operation, while daggerboards generally offer a bit more performance. The Sprite has a centerboard.


sailingdog 06-06-2006 01:42 PM

One thing nice about a centerboard, vs. a daggerboard, is that you can adjust the center of lateral resistance a bit with a centerboard, and help balance the boat that way.

As you swing the centerboard up and aft, the center of lateral resistance moves back a bit.

I find this useful when I'm sailing on the mainsail alone.

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