Lifting keel sailboats

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


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.


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.


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


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

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video Bénéteau sailboats FIRST 25 S
Cruiser-racer sailboat (lifting keel) FIRST 25 S - 7,90m    25' 11" Bénéteau sailboats

If it has not yet had the honour of celebrating its twentieth anniversary, the First 25.7 still...

video Bénéteau sailboats FIRST 20
Cruising sailboat (lifting keel) FIRST 20 - 6,40m    21' 0" Bénéteau sailboats

To increase the First Twenty’s speed and performance all the more, this year, she has been equipped with a rigging that will perpetuate her appeal, with a square-top mainsail and genoa whose...

2 products J-boats
video J-boats J/70
Sailboat : racing keelboat (one-design, lifting keel, bow-sprit) J/70 - 7m    23' 0" J-boats

The J/70 Speedster (22.75 feet) is J/Boats’ first ramp-launchable keelboat - designed to fulfill the growing need for an easy-to-own, high performance one-design...

J-boats J/108
Cruising sailboat (lifting keel, 2 cabins) J/108 - 11,30m    37' 1" J-boats

Many have asked whether it was possible to combine the expansive cruising capabilities of shoal-draft cruising boats with legendary J/Boats offshore performance. Why not have it all if modern technology...

1 products Marlow Hunter
Marlow Hunter 15
Sailboat : day-sailer (lifting keel, trailerable) 15 - 4,42m    14' 6" Marlow Hunter

High freeboard, a raised boom and sturdy FRP construction make the new Hunter 15 daysailer a safe, versatile boat that both familes and greenhorn sailors will love. Designed...

2 products J-boats Europe
video J-boats Europe J 70
Sailboat : racing keelboat (one-design, lifting keel, bow-sprit) J 70 - 6,93m    22' 9" J-boats Europe

The J/70 Speedster is J/Boats’ first ramp-launchable keelboat, designed to fulfil the growing need for an accessible, high performance one-design that is exciting to sail, as well as being stable enough...

J-boats Europe J 95
Sailboat : fast day-sailer (cabin, lifting keel) J 95 - 9,51m    31' 2" J-boats Europe

Historical Perspective. J/95 restores an American yachting tradition, dating back to the 1800’s, of fast centerboarders that were as much at home navigating shoal inland waters as they were crossing...

Sailboat : racing keelboat (lifting keel, bow-sprit) B/ONE - 7m    23' 0" BAVARIA Sailing

BAVARIA caused a sensation at boot 2012 in Düsseldorf with the B/ONE – a new One-Design sport yacht. BAVARIA designed the 23-foot daysailer, which is available from April 2012, in cooperation with...

Deltania Yachts 21.7 E
Cruising sailboat (lifting keel) 21.7 E - 7m    23' 0" Deltania Yachts

Length overall 7.0 m Hull length 650.0 m Beam 2.5 m Draft 1.3 m Min. draft 0.32 m Displacement 1250.0...

Deltania Yachts
Cruising sailboat (lifting keel) - 5,30m    17' 5" Deltania Yachts

Length overall 5.3 m Waterline length 5.0 m Beam 2.0 m Draft 1.2 m Min....

4 products Alubat
Alubat OVNI 365
Cruising sailboat (lifting keel, aluminum) OVNI 365 - 11,94m    39' 2" Alubat

The Ovni 365, the benjamin of the Ovni range, but also the first Ovni designed...

Alubat OVNI 395
Cruising sailboat (lifting keel, aluminum) OVNI 395 - 12,68m    41' 7" Alubat

Specifications Architect : Philippe BRIAND Overall Length : 12,68 m Hull length : 12,22 m Length at waterline...

Alubat OVNI 445
Cruising sailboat (lifting keel, aluminum) OVNI 445 - 13,80m    45' 3" Alubat

Specifications Architect : Marc LOMBARD Overall Length : 13,80 m Hull length : 13,40 m Length at waterline : 12,70 m Maximum...

Garcia Yachting Garcia Exploration 45
Cruising sailboat (lifting keel, aluminum) Garcia Exploration 45 - 13,98m    45' 10" Garcia Yachting

Jimmy Cornell, the doyen of world cruising, has chosen GARCIA YACHTING to build his new yacht to confront the challenges of the Northwest Passage. Jimmy Cornell, best-selling nautical author, founder...

Garcia Yachting GARCIA 90
Sailboat : cruising sailing-yacht (aluminum, lifting keel) GARCIA 90 - 26,80m    87' 11" Garcia Yachting

With its fast hull and a bespoke well-designed interior for comfortable luxurious cruising, Zurbagan - designed by Gilles Vaton, interior by Couedel Hugon Design...

Allures Yachting ALLURES 39.9
Ocean cruising sailboat (aluminum, lifting keel) ALLURES 39.9 - 12,65m    41' 6" Allures Yachting

The Allures 39.9 is a lifting keel yacht with aluminium hull and composite superstructure. Created from very strict specifications and prepared on the basis of feedback from numerous circumnavigators,...

video Allures Yachting ALLURES 45
Cruising sailboat (lifting keel, aluminum) ALLURES 45 - 13,98m    45' 10" Allures Yachting

Four key words have guided our work in designing this new model. Nearly seven years after the Allures 44, it is still innovation that enables us to further extend the yesterday compromises. For us, the...

Allures Yachting ALLURES 51
Sailboat : cruising sailing-yacht (aluminum, lifting keel) ALLURES 51 - 16,30m    53' 6" Allures Yachting

The Allures 51 is a prestige yacht designed for true long-distance cruising. The yachtsmen, famous and less well-known, who contributed to the development of the Allures 51 prepared an uncompromising...

1 products Wauquiez
Wauquiez OPTIO
Sailboat : day-sailer (cabin, lifting keel) OPTIO - 9m    29' 6" Wauquiez

Optio (from the latin to choose): A rank in the Roman army, the Optio is the second in command of the Centurion The very first Day Sailer in the brands history, the Optio incorporates all the Wauquiez...

video Dinamica Yachts DINAMICA 940
Sailboat : fast day-sailer (open transom, teak deck, cabin, lifting keel) DINAMICA 940 - 9,40m    30' 10" Dinamica Yachts

Construction Hull and Deck *Glass E mats , infusion and vinyl-ester epoxy under vacuum infusion, *Sandwich in Airex or...

2 products Latitude 46
2 products Hinckley
new Hinckley BERMUDA 50
Sailboat : cruiser-racer sailing-yacht (lifting keel) BERMUDA 50 - 49,10m    161' 1" Hinckley

Hundreds of boats will race to Bermuda, but only one will lead the fleet before she even leaves the dock. That...

Hinckley DS42
Sailboat : classic sloop (lifting keel) DS42 - 13,03m    42' 9" Hinckley

The Old World elegance of the Hinckley DS42 is immediately apparent in her 13...

2 products Comar Yachts
Comar Yachts COMET 21 00
Sailboat : racing keelboat (lifting keel, bow-sprit) COMET 21 00 - 6,22m    20' 5" Comar Yachts

The “Comet 21” project is based on the idea of a mass production, high performance, fun sports boat, of a reasonable size and price, targeting an extended range of customers from beginners...

Comar Yachts COMET 26 S
Cruiser-racer sailboat (open transom, lifting keel) COMET 26 S - 7,60m    24' 11" Comar Yachts

The Comet 26 is Sergio Lupoli’s brainchild and aims to complete Comar Yachts’ small boat range. The goal of the Fiumicino Yard is in fact to offer a series of yachts that are small but are...

3 products Baltic Yachts
Baltic Yachts BALTIC 108 WINWIN
Sailboat : cruising sailing-yacht (lifting keel) BALTIC 108 WINWIN - 33m    108' 3" Baltic Yachts

This spectacular 108-footer is designed by Javier Jaudenes. The modern, powerful lines - typified by the wide transom and in combination with the light-weight construction, will ensure fast, easy sailing...

Baltic Yachts BALTIC 175 PINK GIN VI
Sailboat : cruising sailing-yacht (custom-made, Judel/Vrolijk design, lifting keel) BALTIC 175 PINK GIN VI - 53,70m    176' 2" Baltic Yachts

The basic concept behind the design for the Baltic 175 is to improve on the already successful concept of Baltic 152. We are looking for more performance from a shape with a timeless silhouette. The boat...

Baltic Yachts BALTIC 44 TALISMAN
Cruiser-racer sailboat (custom-made, Farr design, lifting keel) BALTIC 44 TALISMAN - 13,40m    44' 0" Baltic Yachts

A performance cruising yacht developed and built for a North American owner. The design of this 44 footer...

3 products Vismara
Sailboat : racing sailing-yacht (in carbon, lifting keel) SALINIGI - 18,60m    61' 0" Vismara

The construction of Vismara’s latest project, the Vismara 62’ Sport, continues.
This is the sporting craft with which Vismara will be making its return to top-level racing, in the mini maxi and...

Vismara GEKKO
Cruising sailboat (lifting keel) GEKKO - 14m    45' 11" Vismara

This project is the result of collaboration with an interior design company, Corrado Bevacqua’s CoBeDesign studio in Montecarlo. A special boat has been created, not just from the design point of view...

Cornish Crabbers LLP 22
Sailboat : classic sloop (lifting keel) 22 - 6,71m    22' 0" Cornish Crabbers LLP

The Cornish Crabber 22 is the next logical step up from the Cornish Shrimper. Staying with the shallow draft, lifting keel theme, the Cornish Crabber 22 is easily managed with a simple gaff cutter sail...

Cornish Crabbers LLP ADVENTURE 17
Sailboat : classic day-sailer (lifting keel, trailerable) ADVENTURE 17 - 5,95m    19' 6" Cornish Crabbers LLP

If the Adventure 12 dinghy is a little too adventurous for your family then the open cockpit of the RCD Cat C Adventure 17 is bound to appeal more to your requirements. The cockpit is split into a forward...

video Cornish Crabbers LLP ADVENTURE 19
Sailboat : classic day-sailer (lifting keel, trailerable) ADVENTURE 19 - 6,47m    21' 3" Cornish Crabbers LLP

Cornish Crabbers are world famous for producing high quality trailer-sailers that don’t compromise construction or stability for trailability. The adventure 19 can be as simple or as sophisticated...

Cornish Crabbers LLP ADVENTURE 26
Cruising sailboat (lifting keel) ADVENTURE 26 - 8,22m    27' 0" Cornish Crabbers LLP

If 6’2" standing headroom is required and longer term adventures are your goal then the Adventure 26 is the ideal boat. A very simple to handle Bermudan rig allows quick passage making and low maintenance...

3 products Structures
2 products DELPHIA Yachts
DELPHIA Yachts 26
Cruising sailboat (lifting keel, 2 cabins) 26 - 7,79m    25' 7" DELPHIA Yachts

The Delphia 26 demonstrates good pace and is responsive to the helm yet remains stable in both light and heavy conditions...

DELPHIA Yachts 28
Cruising sailboat (lifting keel, 2 cabins) 28 - 8,83m    29' 0" DELPHIA Yachts

The Delphia 28 is built on the proven characteristics of Delphia 26 and as a result is one of the fastest yachts available...

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