Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Three Mile Harbor, East Hampton, NY
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My understanding is that you are basically right. I have a swing keel Beneteau and I find that it tracks quite well even with the keel up. The issue you will want to look closely at is leeway when close hauled. You can feel you are tracking well, but, depending on the hull shape, may be making too much leeway. The best way to check this is to use the GPS, especially if you have a VMG function.