Centerboard pursuader

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Centerboard pursuader

Postby buckeye on Mon Mar 18, 2024 10:06 am

I have twice had the centerboard jam. Once with after beaching and once after running aground on a sandy shoal with the board up.
I expect that a bit of sand jammed into the slot is the culprit.
The first time it came loose after a bit of sailing, the second time it required significant help through the Inspection port.

So I made this. A 2x2" piece of douglas fir with some lead ingots in each end.
Open both inspection hatches. Slide the tool through the hole.
Bring down on the board as needed to set it free.

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