Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Cape Cod
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Lots of good advice here.
I had a Hood design with a centerboard and a centerboard on the rudder. Owned this one for 10 years. It did require maintenance, the cable was replaced once, and a fitting on top of the trunk required some re-welding, about to leak significantly. Never needed to do a pin, but that looked pretty hard to reach in this particular boat. Painting the board required a little extra time in the lift.
Never had any trouble with it. Took it offshore a number of times. Was very good on Cape Cod, where depths can be shallow. Could freak out an anchorage by tucking in close, places the boat size would seem surprising to others. Hitting the bottom with the board head on was not a problem, you could watch the cable go slack to judge depth. I've been told its a problem, but have not tried dragging the board sideways over the bottom, or backing into something. I suspect this would not go so well. On a downwind leg, if not fully retracted, it would rattle a bit. You could hear it bump against the sides of the trunk. This would not happen when tacking or reaching as the board was loaded up against the trunk.
If you need shallow draft because of where you anchor, keep your boat, marina, etc., by all means consider well built center boarders. If that is not important to you, it is one more thing to maintain.