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Re: Spirit 23 potential purchase
Mine has a swing keel, but you're right in that there's a stub keel that the swing keel fits into. The majority of the ballast (approx 75-80%) is in that, so loosing 20+% was mainly noticeable while reaching. I'd heard that some people did have a centreboard instead of a swing keel, hence getting the replacement much lighter. The advantage is that it'll be much easier to fit, isn't likely to rust (as it is fibreglass with a reinforced concrete core) and was much cheaper, but if it does end up too light then I'll have to get a heavier one made. Sunderland Yacht Club has it's own 2 tonne crane, so I can use that to lift the yacht while I replace the swing keel. The trailer also has a split bed and the keel can be lowered out of that as an alternative method (which is probably safer).
The lack of the swing keel/centreboard meant that beating into the wind was almost impossible, so I was fortunate that it was downwind back to the harbour.