we had one years ago for 3 years. the nightmare ended when we sold it. FYI, that heavy 500 lb swing keel is notorious for the cable snapping, fouling on the drum, flatspots and sliding through the grips on the keel point. the angles demanded are too severe for proper use. at least 5 times a season someone would draw straws to see who was going under the hull and come up looking like a smurf. i dont mean to sound mean, but it sounds like you have quite a project on your hands that will need professional attention. if you cant do it yourself or feel unconfident, then hire someone who does. trust me weve all learned at one point or another trying to accomplish jobs too far out of our reach. good luck
Last edited by OtterGreen; 07-28-2011 at 02:25 PM.