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I'm thinking about buying a 1978 DS 16 with shoal draft keel. I've only seen pictures so far and wanted to know from anyone who may have first-hand experience with them, if there are any issues I should consider before going any further. Also, did the 78 have the self-bailing cockpit?

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This may not provide much more info than you already have: SailboatData.com - DS-16 Sailboat
The boat looks like it could be a nice daysailer, with a big cockpit and cuddy cabin to help keep things dryer if the spray or rain start to fly. Getting a version with the shoal-draft keel avoids leaks around the centerboard trunk that might be expected on a boat that old. It also gives you more room below. Let us know how it goes!
 
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