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advice on swing keel
I lost a boat in hurricane Ivan, a 24' Mirage. The boat has been out of production for decades.
I put about a 1,000 hours of work into it an it was great. Very fast, and made comfortable with the extras I installed; shore power, lighting, navigation. It had a very heavy centerboard and I rigged a block and tackle mechanism to host it more easily.
Today, I have a Laser and Sunfish, but I miss the ability to go camping on the Mirage in the intercoastal waterway and in the bays around Destin, FL.
I would appreciate any advice I could get on a good, swing keel/centerboard boat with good sailing characteristics and moderate room inside. I would be interested in 24' to 30'. I'm on the quest for the perfect boat to sail fast, explore the shallows, and spend the weekend on.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.