Originally Posted by Jennybug
Our major concern is leaking. We feel as though it would be a fragile part of the boat & Lord knows we don't want a leak.
The only area that would be subject to leaking will be where the cable used to raise & lower penetrates the hull
Alan mentioned maintenance. If you replace the cable and inspect the attachments (which I didn't) when you purchase
it, you should have years of trouble free use.
The previous owner of our boat had the board secured so that it could not be lowered and I have heard of others who have done the same. IMHO, they are not utilizing a major feature of their boats. The sail performance is significantly better with the board down for us.
If everything else about the boat is what you are looking for, consider the swing keel as one more plus.