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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Calvert County, MD
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I am no Morgan Keel expert. However, I do own a Morgan 30 (1971) which has a centerboard. The actual keel in this case is the heavy part below water which keeps the boat upright. My boat has a lead keel which is built in to the finreglass hull. The centerboard is essentially a flat chunk of metal which swings down from a slot in the main keel. It does not contribute much to keeping the boat upright, but gives it more "grip" in the water and so prevents it from drifting to leeward and allows it to "point up" better into the wind when sailing.
The terms "swing keel" and "centerboard" are often used to mean the same thing, though in my mind a swing keel would be the only keel on the boat and would be much larger and heavier than a centerboard.
Leith (rhymes with teeth) is the port of the City of Edinburgh in Scotland. A Leither is someone who comes from that area.
I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky - I left my shoes and socks there, I wonder if they're dry?