Lifting keel sailboats

44 companies | 86 products
Cruising sailboat / aluminium / lifting keel

ALUBATS experience in centerboarders...

Cruising sailboat / aluminium / lifting keel

The smooth and accurate helm control will...

Cruising sailboat / aluminium / lifting keel

On the large boat market for travelling, the OVNI...

Cruising-racing sailboat / lifting keel / carbon mast / semi-custom

We’re proud to present a brand new product: N Fun 30 which is built using advanced...

Coastal cruising sailboat / lifting keel / transportable

The well-proven trailer yacht for the entire family....

Coastal cruising sailboat / lifting keel

Length overall 7.0 m Hull...

Coastal cruising sailboat / lifting keel

The homely touring yacht for the entire family! Starting from...

Sport keelboat sailboat / one-design / open transom / twin rudders

Elan has taken the popular E range and enhanced these...

Fast cruising sailboat / day-sailer / open transom / with cabin

J/95 restores an American yachting tradition, dating back to the 1800’s, of fast centerboarders...

Cruising sailboat / lifting keel

Optimising both security...

Cruising sailboat / 2 cabins / lifting keel

Many have asked whether it was possible to combine the expansive cruising capabilities of shoal-draft...

Day-sailer sailboat / classic / lifting keel / transportable

If the Adventure 12 dinghy is a little too adventurous for your...

Classic sailboat / day-sailer / lifting keel / transportable

Cornish Crabbers are world famous for producing high quality trailer-sailers...

Cruising sailboat / lifting keel

If 6’2″ standing headroom is required and longer term...

How to choose this product

lifting-keel-sailboat

A lifting keel sailboat has a system for raising its keel, allowing it to sail in very shallow waters.

Applications

This type of keel is a major advantage for exploratory forays up a river or for sailing areas of the globe where shallow water is prevalent, as in the Bahamas.

Technologies

These keels contain lead or other ballast. If not, they are known as centerboards. Thus, the boat will be self-righting only when the keel is down. This means the vessel should not be sailed with the keel raised because its center of gravity is too high for stability. It may proceed under power with its keel up for entering or leaving port or an anchorage, or for traveling inland waterways.

These keels can be pivoting or slide up and down within a trunk. The operating system may use hydraulics, pneumatic power, a worm gear, a rack or an electric or manual winch.

Advantages

- Shallow-water access with reduced draft
- Good keel-down upwind performance

Disadvantages

- Requires heavy, complex machinery
- Keel trunk is bulky
- Little stability when the keel is up

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