Thanks for the picture, I did not sail it like that, I sailed it when all was still in there, but it was dry rotted, so I bound her to my driveway and started cutting all the dry rotted wood out and I will replace it one by one.
How does the keel stopper work? Just a piece of wood that keeps the keel from coming farther into the cockpit? Or is there more to it I don't understand?
I know I have some work to do, but given the age of the boat, I rather do it right and know it will float even in heavy winds/waters. Most of the bolts that hold the chainplates have been rusted through and the boxes inside, next to the keel, have been dry rotted so bad, that by hand they would crinkle like paper. So I cut it all out and will do some reconstruction, but with some modifications, since this is the best time to do it. That's why I want to know as much as I can to know what to do and what not to.....LOL.