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Unless you're lured by shallow water, I can't see buying a keel/cb boat.
A lot of good info here. Our lead keel with bronze board allows a whole ribbon of coastal area off limits to deeper draft boats. Anchorages, short cuts through shallow cuts, back waters to explore. In some places, that ribbon of coastal shoal water can open up to a significant area.
The cost is a bit more maintenance. My last pendant lasted 10 years and looked nearly new. I replaced the pin as well, and that was barely worn. Good insurance though.
While in the slings, I lower the board, haul and launch, and inspect. The bronze board weighs just over 300 pounds.
It can clunk on some points but that's an indication it's not adding much lift so it's raised partially.
We're a coastal sailing boat mostly Maine and southern New England so I don't worry about roll overs. The centerboard is down the list of things on my boat I would worry about if going off shore regularly.
A deep draft boat will point higher of course. The centerboard on our boat will on the average add 10 degrees to windward I've found over the years comparing 4' vs 8' centerboard draft on gps.
If you like to sail, it's just one more thing to tweak which I enjoy.
But again, the primary reason for me is the draft.
Here we are anchored on Cuttyhunk last summer at just a bit over 4' LW.
Anytime we're down that way, we never have trouble finding places to anchor even in the more crowded places around the Cape. We spent a couple days here just off from the crowded mooring field.