- Dec 20, 2009
FWIW the Cat -25 swing keel version has 5’4” of head room. My daughter had one for 7 years. The fixed keel version I think has 5’6” headroom. Don’t forget that some Cat -25s have a poptop that increases headroom to 6’6”. Very convenient at anchor or in port. Do not sail with the pop top up. The fixed keel version is still trailerable and draws less than the swing keel in the down position. Finally, should the swing keel cable fail with the keel in the up position that 1500 lbs of cast iron will crash into the keel housing and sink the boat. We left the keel down all the time.