Tartan 27' owner
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Advice given so far is all good.
The general rules of thumb for center board/swing keel boats is:
- when tacking/close reach the board is all the way down
- beam/broad reach the board can be raised to reduce wetted surface area drag
- dead downwind the board can be raised partially or all the way. You may roll a bit more without the stability of the board.
Really it mostly depends on the shape of your boats hull. If there is a partial keel or even full keel (as my boat is) then the dynamics can vary. Boasuns idea of trying out various settings is spot on.
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