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Old 12-07-2012, 20:42   #1
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Boat: Pearson Ariel 26' (SOLD)
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Centerboard on a 27' asset or liability?

I am a novice sailor and was wondering what your thoughts were on a centerboard for a novice sailor. Obviously they are more expensive if damaged and have more moving parts to maintain. Specifically a Tartan 27' in question, They are priced right for being in great shape and condition. I know c-boards are proven because they come equipped on many boats of all shapes and sizes.

However the Tartan would draw 6'-3', would a grounding with the board up be more forgiving? Also could running aground rip the board off and hole the boat? Would having a draft of 3' give you more options and places to anchor? As a novice sailor would you avoid having a boat with a centerboard? I have read similar discussions and did use the search, but This is pertaining to sub 30' boats.

Tartan 27-2 (1978) (repowered)


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