Well, I am glad it went well
with your centerboard project. Your experience will aid me greatly I
hope. As soon as I am able I will be tackling the SJ, as I hope to salvage
part of the sailing season. I am recuperating from this dang neck surgery
and still have to take it easy for about another month.
Sure, lets stay in
touch. My daughter is moving to Tomball this week, so we will be traveling
out that way before too long I hope. I will save your address and numbers
and will be in touch.
Stay sailing and have
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Sent: Monday, July 02, 2001 12:43
Subject: Re: Centerboard
Sat. went well and I did not drop the boat on the ground.
idea worked well, it was tiring since I was working
alone but workable and
did not seem overly dangerous. The keel was stuck
but it did come out with a
little effort. I used a small pry bar
between the retaining plate and the
bottom of the hull, with easy pressure
to lower the forward part of the keel.
It came down fairly easy.
Once the forward edge came down some, I started
moving it up
and down, the weight started to bring the back of the keel
I had also taken all the tension off the lifting cable. ( watch your
hands and fingers ) I had put the boat in the water two weeks ago
and I did
notice it was still wet inside the keel well. The water may have
lubricate. The problem I had was putting it back in.
The keel was rusted
with shale on it so I wire wheeled it and spray
painted it. I ran a knife
blade in the keel well to make sure it
seemed clean but when I reinstalled
the keel it bound up. I kept
raising and lowering the keel to try to get it
to work free. I ended
up putting grease on the keel and it seemed to help
BUT. I know I'm
going to have to revisit this problem this season since I
don't leave the
boat in the water and it has to go up and down every time we
use it. Next
time I'm going to file out the well or find something to use
electric drill to ream out the well.
If you would like
to sail on Lake Conroe maybe we can get together. We
have a membership at
a campground with ramps and docks. We generally trailer
and put the boat in for the weekend.