See that's my concern with such a light and tiny keel. The LI Sound can get pretty gusty and my wife isn't the best on the water with a lot of sway.
04-22-2010 10:55 AM
I owned an S2 8.0 shoal keel. I loved it when my lake gets shallow in August, but the rest of the time it made it too easy to knock that boat flat in a gust. It's all give and take. I had to replace the hoisting cable once. Other than having to bring up the board with a cargo strap so I could back out of the slip, it was a fairly easy job.
04-22-2010 10:22 AM
I didn't read the whole thread but I'm a big fan of lifting keels. Antrim 27, and a few others that lock in place when they're down. I believe its a more modern and better design.
04-22-2010 09:05 AM
If I were in your situation that would be my clear choice as well. However, I will be in the LI Sound and Eastern Sea Board so deep water a plenty. I was just considering the swing keel to reduce some haul, storage and mooring fees but it seems like it would be a PITA getting her all rigged up ready to sail each time we go out. Keeping a swing keel at the mooring is not an option for me at this time considering all the feedback from fellow forum members.
04-22-2010 09:02 AM
I chose the centerboard route. It's trailerable, easy to store and small. It will be used primarily in fresh water. It's 40 years old and the centerboard still functions normally. I plan to gunkhole and sail sheltered waters so all of this led to our decision. Once you narrow down how you'll use the boat you'll be closer to determining what works for you guys.
04-22-2010 08:39 AM
Yes but being knowledgeable and weighing all your options will lead to many happy years ahead!! I know from being married and owning a power boat.
04-22-2010 08:31 AM
Buying a boat is full of compromises. Just like being married!
04-22-2010 08:11 AM
... not so convenient then huh???
04-22-2010 08:06 AM
Originally Posted by nogin
I guess the saving grace there is I can bring the swing keel to the dock and trailer her out to the side and without having to take anything down, clean the bottom and paint where necessary.
Just keep in mind that the swing keel/center board isn't accessible on most boats when they are on the trailer. You'll likely need to get some time in the sling to paint and inspect the board.
04-22-2010 07:52 AM
Originally Posted by BarryL
From the Catalina 22 Owner's Manual:
You'll face special problems if you decide to keep your retractable keel model in the water, especially salt water. Bottom paint is a must, plus periodic cleaning and removal of marine growth from the keel trunk slot. The possibility of corrosion to the keel and keel fittings is greatly increased. Keeping a retractable-keel model in salt water for lengthy periods is not recommended.
Catalina covers all there bases, huh?
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