mooring -- centerboard up or down?

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I bought a used 14.2 and have a mooring for it for the season on a lake in upstate NY. I've been a little concerned to watch it pitch with the waves and wake. The other moored boats, though much bigger, don't pitch nearly as much. I was under the impression that the rudder should be stowed and the centerboard raised for a moored boat (so that the boat can freely accommodate the water and wind forces) but now I wonder if that impression is correct. I don't have any experience with moorings and wondered if someone who has could provide some advice.


You are correct to raise the rudder and center board; you want the boat to be slippery on the water. If the wind gusts or changes direction, you don't want the boat to be slow to react.