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I had an O'day 23 with a swing Keel. Never had any problems and a couple times it saved me from running aground. The only problems I every had was backing out of the slip I had to be sure it was up or I could hang up on the cross members that ran between the ends of the slip. They went down form each side of the slip fingers in a v shape. As long and I was centered in the middle it would back out. If I was close to one side or the other it would catch.

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I have to admit the idea of being able to trailer it is awesome. However, like I read on another post, I would dread the hour plus it may take with each launch to set the mast and get her ready to sail. I would much rather just row to my boat and sail away!
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One advantage of having a trailerable boat is that you can often save on winter storage costs as well as have a much easier time working on your boat. I have a trailerable boat but keep it on a mooring for the reasons you just mentioned....and it makes a difference between being able to go out for a quick evening sail or not...

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I have to admit the idea of being able to trailer it is awesome. However, like I read on another post, I would dread the hour plus it may take with each launch to set the mast and get her ready to sail. I would much rather just row to my boat and sail away!

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Is it true that the swing keel is not recommended for the saltwater? The last thing I would want is something to bust on the swing while in the middle of the LI Sound b/c of salt water.
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Is it true that the swing keel is not recommended for the saltwater? The last thing I would want is something to bust on the swing while in the middle of the LI Sound b/c of salt water.
No that's not true. Salt water is not good on cast iron keels with centerboards because they rust if neglected and the centerboard will seize up. There are plenty of ocean going boats with centerboards. One particular member has made trans atlantic passages with his.

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That's good to know, thanks! I have been looking into MacGregor and overall it has a pretty bad rap compared to it's counterpart Catalina.
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I hate swing keels. They can be done well, but usually are not.
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Catalina 22 Swing Keel and Salt Water

From the Catalina 22 Owner's Manual:

You'll face special problems if you decide to keep your retractable keel model in the water, especially salt water. Bottom paint is a must, plus periodic cleaning and removal of marine growth from the keel trunk slot. The possibility of corrosion to the keel and keel fittings is greatly increased. Keeping a retractable-keel model in salt water for lengthy periods is not recommended.


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No that's not true. Salt water is not good on cast iron keels with centerboards because they rust if neglected and the centerboard will seize up. There are plenty of ocean going boats with centerboards. One particular member has made trans atlantic passages with his.

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Thanks Barry!!! I guess the saving grace there is I can bring the swing keel to the dock and trailer her out to the side and without having to take anything down, clean the bottom and paint where necessary.

I have all my fingers and toes crossed for this Seafarer 24 in CT. I am researching as much as I humanly can to make sure I make the right decision for me and my family for our first sailboat and considering all options.
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Swing keel

I currently have a swing keel and yes the trailering is a definite plus. However, it IS just one more "thing" that can fail... I bought my boat on a trailer and the PO stated that he kept the swing keel up while he sailed. Later I learned that without tackle he would have never been able to deploy the swing keel unless he swam under the boat and manually deployed it (like I did). All thinks considered, if your racing your boat, trailering it or are at risk of grounding and need a shallow keel, get a fixed keel boat.
BTW I am in love with my boat! Isn't everyone in love with their first girl?
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