- May 5, 2014
We are interested in getting a larger boat to augment our Day Sailor. We are intrigued by keel/centerboard boats like the 222 and 23 (and similar boats by Hunter, Clark, Precision, etc.) because our local lake has some extensive shallows and we occasionally pull out to trailer to other bodies of water. But I hear some horror stories about the centerboards jamming, cables breaking, etc. I think of various centerboard issues we've had with the Day Sailer, all of which are solved by my hoisting or muscling the boat around on the trailer. (In fact, the board is out now awaiting new cables.) One of the issues anti-swing-keelers have raised is that inspecting and maintaining the CB on a big boat is a major undertaking, involving hoists and/or divers. Can anyone advise on their experience with keel-centerboarders in terms of maintenance and sailing?