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Old 07-19-2011
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"Can anyone suggest a good way to make this check while the boat is still on the trailer? I don't need to know that it's perfect, just that I can sail with it for a few months before winter comes."



When the boat is on the trailer, crawl under (about a foot back from the front of the keel) and check the 4 bolts ( 9/16 head) 2 on each side, make sure they are there or are not rusted. They bolt into the hull and hold the "pin". If they look alright you can presume that you will be good to go for the season. replace and add a few shims in the winter if needed. As for the cable, can't say I have had a problem. Sure you could take a swim when it is the water and take a look. Seems it would be easy to change while in the water, maybe....

Hope that helps, I replaced the bolts in our C-22 year or so ago.
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