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Old 11-23-2009
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O'Day 30 Swing Keel Rigging

New to sailing I decided to start with a small boat. I have figured out the sailing part although finer points I am still learning. The boat has a swing keel and to raise / lower there is a line that runs across the cabin back to the cockpit. Raising the keel requires considerable effort, there are no blocks, winches, etc... just a rope and a cleat. Is this normal? I suspect that there should be a couple blocks or some arrangement so as to not risk breaking your back to pull up the keel.

The other possibility is that there is something binding inside the keel.

When the boat was hauled out and surveyed the keel looked fine.

The family really enjoys the boat and she is beautiful.

Any help is appreciated.
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