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Re: Keel or deck stepped?
As pointed out by most, especially the pros, it doesn't really matter. What matters is that whichever you find in the boat you like, it was engineered well for the purpose you will use the boat for.
If you have a furling mainsail, there is virtually no way to keep water out of your bilge with a keel stepped mast There is a slot that runs the length of the mast, after all. I've heard of extreme methods to seal the interior of the mast, above the deck, to drain. With all the wires and cables inside, it just seems like it isn't worth the effort. Just be sure you can get the water efficiently to your bilge pump.
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