Originally Posted by s/v Moondancer
I raced from St Pete to Mexico
on one in moderately bad weather
and she was a great boat. The center board gives great flexibility not just from the depth
point of view but also in the ability to balance the boat and adjust the leeway.
Mine is a fin keel
model, and she balances well on all points of sail. The centerboard
model would allow some "fine-tuning" for even better balance. From my experience sailing both keel
types, performance is comparable, withe fin having the edge to windward and the CB model a bit better downwind, when you can basically raise the board and reduce your wetted area.