I have never sailed a Balboa
20, so can't give any specific advice re that design. However, essentially ANY ballasted sailboat should recover from a 90 degree knockdown, let alone just heeling with the rail still above the water
I imagine that your boat has a swing keel
. If so, do be sure that it is locked in the down position when sailing. There have been events
where trailer sailors have had knockdowns with the keel unlocked, and once slightly past 90 degrees the keel has swung back to its raised position. This dramatically reduces the righting moment and recovery is slowed.
Personal experience: many years ago I owned an early (hull # 61) Catalina
22 with a swing keel. I was very inexperienced, but pretty enthusiastic, and soon was racing
her on SF Bay
. One of the course markers was often at Yellow Bluffs, a place where the topography caused the wind
to be gusty and to have a strong vertical component. Several times in that area we experienced brief knockdowns, once with the mast
in the water. Scary as hell, but the boat always popped back up. I don't know how the Balboa and the Catalina
compare, but suspect that they behave somewhat similarly.
Oh.. if you are sailing in conditions where big gusts are around it is a good idea to keep your companionway
closed up. This limits the amount of water that gets below should you be knocked down or take a big sea on board.