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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?