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|06-20-2008 12:26 AM|
|arbarnhart||It also has about 200 lbs of concrete in the hull around the whatever-it-is trunk to further confuse the issue. Even the manufacturer wasn't clear. In the specs they gave the max draft with "C.B. down" but in the text refer to it as a "retractable keel".|
|06-20-2008 12:17 AM|
A swing keel is just a heavily weighted centerboard generally. A lifting keel is a totally different beast. Swing keels and centerboards serve much the same purpose, in the same way, with the swing keel having a bit more to do with righting moment than an unweighted centerboard would.
This photo is of the lifting keel used in a Tide 28 sailboat.
My boat has a centerboard, which is made of wood. It is buoyant and must be held in the down position.
A Southerly 46RS has a swing keel, which is weighted and in the case of the Southerly RS weighs about 4800 lbs. Functionally, it combines the righting moment features of a lifting keel, with the center of lateral resistance features of a centerboard.
|06-20-2008 12:03 AM|
Originally Posted by arbarnhart View Post
|06-19-2008 11:44 PM|
What is technically correct and what term is generally used and understood are not always the same. The big piece of steel that swings down on my boat weighs about 140 pounds and almost anywhere you find a listing for my boat or similar ones they will be referred to as a "swing keel".
Chuckles is right about needing more specific info, though. I have a planing hull with a shallow V, so I cannot point nearly as well without it if I am heeling.
|06-19-2008 11:26 PM|
|Wayne25||I have a Helms 25 with a shallow fixed 1650# ballasted keel and a 6' long steel 300 pound centerboard. All good points above. I might add depending on the design of your boat, the amount the centerboard is lowered can be used to adjust your weather helm. Going close hauled, it's amazing how the tiller feel changes as the centerboard is lowered from zero to ten turns of the centerboard winch. 30 turns is full down.|
|06-19-2008 10:22 PM|
Originally Posted by ambianceack View Post
If you call it by the right name, you'll get more useful responses.
|06-19-2008 09:42 PM|
|Banshi||I would say if it is a swing keel you should always keep it down on a beat. The ability to point higher and slide sideways less will more than compensate for the added drag. Also raising it effects the CR of the boat and could create lee helm, depending on how your boat is balanced out, which if the wind suddenly picks up could put you in a bad situation. It is also acts as your ballast which could, if it was up in a heavy gust, cause a knock down that may otherwise have been avoided.|
|06-19-2008 04:37 PM|
Use of a 'drop down keel', whether it be centerboard, swing keel, or a true drop down depends on the boat, it's underwater shape etc..
For example, usually I'd say light air needs nothing down, even making to windward - and especially if you have a hard chine to bite the water and halt leeward drift.
Normally downwind you need no centerboard/keel action as it's (the keel/centerboard) meant to prevent leeward drift by providing upwind lift to the boat. Therefore downwind you raise as much as you can to prevent drag/minimalize submerged surface area.
Upwind use depends on wind speed, boat and a host of other variables, for instance I have to centerboards that are assymetrically shaped, I drop the windward one by stages depending on wind strength and only as much as needed to make my desired degrees off the wind with minimal helm and rudder drag.
OTH, when I'm single handing I often deploy both boards half down and leave them there as it's a good lazy man's solution.
Afraid we'd need to know more to answer more specifically.
|06-19-2008 03:01 PM|
is it a lifting keel or a swing keel??? Not the same thing imho. A swing keel is essentially a glorified, weighted centerboard. A lifting keel is not.
Originally Posted by ambianceack View Post
|06-17-2008 10:33 PM|
|arbarnhart||I have a little swing keel boat. On a beam it will limit leeway but cost me speed. Going windward even a little bit it helps, especially for tacking. Running downwind it does nothing but slow the boat and makes gybing harder.|
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