Twin Center Boards

We are looking at buying a 1983 Alden with two centerboards. I’m familiar with one board but not two. The boat draws 5′ 4" BU and 11′ 8" BD. What is your advice on this arrangement. Thanks, Rod and Lucinda

Hi Rod and Lucinda: Twin centerboards have been used by several designers over the years as a way of providing more control on helm balance. If there is excess weather helm, you use more aft board and less forward.

My own feeling is that if the hull and fins were right to begin with, you would not need to do this. However, it does provide the additional control.

The main negative will be you have extra drag from the second centerboard trunk opening, and additional maintenance. Steve

Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 30, 1999)

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