I recently purchased a 1973 E25 with a centerboard and have several questions I hope someone can help me with. We need to move the boat to another marina and since I am not the original owner I do not have any info on this boat. My questions are:
1. When we lower the centerboard, how much line goes out...is this just a small amount (few inches) of line? And how can we tell when it is completely lowered?
2. I was told that when we lower the centerboard are we supposed to let it lower completely and then raise it slightly...is this correct?
3. When we raise the centerboard, how can we tell when it is raised completely? The line only seems to come up a few inches and then the rope just seems to whine with the winch and not come up any further. Is this typical or do we have a problem?
4. Would it hurt the sailboat to always leave the centerboard down since we don''t plan to trailer it or should we raise it everytime we come into the harbor?