We have a Bristol 45.5
As for pointing ability , most boats with centerboards are cruising boats with medium to heavy displacement
so raw pointing ability was not primary to the designers list of must haves.
That being said, all I can tell you is we love our center board , the boat
will point the same with it up or down the difference is the amount of leeway you experience . With the board down the Bristol heads up very nice, making good speed . Board up and you can point the same but you do lose the speed it becomes leeway. You can feel the board "biting" the water
when it's down. The board also helps with rolling .
We bought this boat
for the center board , and build quality of the Bristols , it really is the best of both worlds . As for maintenance
, we have never had an issue it is a very simple design.
There is a reason you don't see them anymore, unless you have a custom boat built for you. They are almost always built with encapsulated keels. Put the board in between and now you have twin encapsulated keels . This is a major build job and very costly. This much different then just bolting a hunk of lead to the bottom of a flat hull
. Actually if you think about it there is less maintenance
, no keel bolts
to worry about .
If we ever buy another boat , it will also have a center board .