When I started cruising aboard a 26 foot, tiller steered sloop. I learned the value of simplicity. Fewer components meant that there was less to fail and fewer things to fix. Despite all the upsides of doing more with less, I dreamed about a wheel-steered 40 footer and days spent surfing down trade wind seas. […]
We think the best bet is the modern keel/centerboard. Unlike centerboards of 20 years ago, the new ones are very efficient going to windward with the boards down and not all that bad with the boards partially raised or withdrawn into a stub keel.