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I know someone that has a smaller yacht. It is just big enough for two people. He loves going up and down the ICW and out in the ocean. I was curious on why he towed a smaller boat on his trips. He educated me on the keel.
Sailboats can come with a fixed keel or a swinging keel. The photo above is of a fixed keel. His boat has a fixed keel which prevents him from going into shallow waters. The picture above explains why he travels with a small dingy with a small outboard motor.
The keel is a fixed appendage on the bottom of the hull that provides the sideways resistance needed to counter the force of the wind on the sails. The keel also carries ballast, usually iron or lead, the weight of which counteracts the force of the wind that causes a sailboat to heel, or lean over.
Each leader should be equipped with a keel. Our character is that keel, holding us secure as we endure all the trials and tribulations that leaders face. Our personal keel is built and formed with our integrity. Our ballast is the truth not lies, exaggerations, and being unethical.
If our leadership keel becomes detached, or broken, we are headed for a disaster, no matter how skilled a skipper you think you are.
Leadership and sailing have similarities. Sometimes you see a magnificent beach or a peaceful lagoon. Just like a sailor needs to know the depth of the water in relationship to his keel a leader needs to know what waters his integrity has as off limits. Some places despite the allure are off limits to the seasoned sailor and leader.
Integrity is the truth. When we do something that is not truthful we surely will sail our ship onto a shoal.