I would ask on the HYOA: Archives of HYOA@MILEPOST1.COM
. If you do please post your finding back here. I would be interested to hear what owners say.
Most 54's have the fixed 7' keel
. This is due to the expense ($24k last I checked) of the hydraulic centerboard
option and simplicity of a fixed keel
. Fixed keel 54's have better resale value. A quick scan of YW shows seven 54's for sale
with only one as a centerboard. Then again, you do get 5'10" shoal draft
centerboard up which bests the Bahama limitation of 6'. I have not heard or experienced out of the ordinary engineering problems with 54 centerboards.