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Fully Encapsulated Keel

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:21 am
by Giovanni
I owned a 1990 Montgomery 17 with a full, encapsulated keel. It felt extremely stiff and sailed upwind just fine, including the fact that it was in San Francisco Bay. Although the sailing performance and beaching capabilities are not as impressive as the Sage 17, I appreciated knowing that there were not any moving parts beneath me. Knowing that I would like to spend nearly all of my time in deep water and off the coast, is it still possible for the Sage 17 to be modified in a way that allows it to have the same sailing characteristics but does not have a drop down centerboard? I just love these little boats and I do not think there is any other logical upgrade than to get the newer model!

Thank you in advance,

Re: Fully Encapsulated Keel

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:35 pm
by sal
Hi Giovanni,

I think it cold be done by a custom boat yard. I don't think We would want to do it at Sage.