View Full Version : Daggerboards or Centerboards

20th September 2016, 11:50 PM
I see that a CW 55 is for sale on Yachtworld that has centerboards:

If I recall correctly, two of the ten CW 55s built have centerboards. Obviously the swing up options of the centerboards is a great feature but does anyone have experience on the upwind cost of having those. I imagine that since, if I'm accurate, eight of the ten 55s have gone with daggerboards, that most original buyers have gone with the upwind performance choice.

So given the same boat, same sea state, can any one speak to the upwind advantage of daggerbaords in degrees off the wind?


22nd September 2016, 08:20 AM
Daggerboards aren't just an advantage sailing to windward! By raising them they make the boat faster reaching and sailing downwind too. I recently tested this, motoring in dead calm conditions. Raising the board increased our speed from 6 to 6.4 knots, with no change in throttle setting. A useful gain IMO.