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Nice sailing up there when it's not foggy. For the swing/fixed keel issue, a lot depends upon what you want to do and how you go about sailing. If you're on a mooring, the fixed keel will hopefully have fewer moving parts than a swing keel, so less to maintain and less to possibly break.
If you're on a trailer, taking the boat over the road to other places to explore with day trips or overnights, a keel could make launching and retrieving difficult. Most of the areas around Nova Scotia seem to be plenty deep, so being able to get into the shallows with a swing-keel or centerboard might not be the big draw that it is in Chesapeake Bay, for example.
 
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