Re: Centerboard vs. Fin Keel
- The choice is usually driven by the water you sail in. Thin water disposes one to a centerboard. I have only sailed the fin keel version of the S 34 II. I think the fin is a really good shape and it gives a high ballast to weight ration with much of the weight down low. This is very helpful in standing up to strong and gusty winds we get here in SF Bay and the Pacific. There are some areas it would be nice to have shallower draft, but many more where the performance to windward and the stiffness in a blow from a good deep fin are nicer. Centerboards are therefore not very popular here.
I used to sail LI Sound when much younger and my recollection is that a centerboard would be nice on occasion and the winds are light to moderate so it supports a centerboard, somewhat
--- In Sabresailboat@yahoogroups.com, "Julie" <thedataqueen@...> wrote:
> We're in the market for a Sabre 34 or 36, and we would value opinions of a centerboard vs a fin keel. We would be sailing Long Island Sound to Nantucket area and in general, depth is not an issue although occasionally a centerboard would offer a little more flexibility. Our pursuit was set on only a fin keel, but as we would like to broaden our options of available boats, we have started to look at centerboards as well. We have heard centerboards are more "tender"? That they can bang and make noise? We are told they sail well with the board up so some owners never bother to put the board down. Is this true? Is there a big performance difference? (wednesday night racing) Are they a pain to crank up and down? From a resale perspective it opens up a wider market, but potentially narrows another.