Originally Posted by Doodles
The term Swing Keel
is just a trademark name for Southerly own unique type of lifting keel. It swings up just like the Ovni
, Garcia and Dujardin boats, as opposed to a daggerboard that drops straight down. All are considered "centerboards", it's just a matter of how the board goes up and down.
No, the Southerly swing keel weighs several thousand pounds, and is fitted inside a cast iron grounding plate. It requires a hydraulic piston to raise and lower. It is definitely NOT a centerboard
Somewhere on the web there is a diagram of the Southerly keel mechanism, but I can't find it.
As for inside steering
, on the new Southerly's you would use the remote
control on the autopilot
to steer from the nav station inside the raised salon
. I don't trust autopilots in heavy weather
, so in that situation you might have to go outside to steer.