I am looking to buy my first ever sailboat. I have found (but not seen personally) a 1973 C21 that looks in terrific shape.
It sounds like a great first time boat. I will be doing lake sailing and am 'upper' (cough cough) 40's and will probably sail it singlehanded.
But honestly, after reading what I can find on the web, the keel work needed is somewhat daunting and perhaps beyond my skill level. If I understand it correctly, to lower the keel;
- The winch sits on top of a board and between the seats in the cockpit.
- You crank down the keel GENTLY so it doesnt fall and crack the hull (really??) or fracture the hinge.
- Go below and insert a pin (into where?) to lock it in a down position. Is that really needed?
- Go back up. Unfasten the cable from the winch (?) and secure it (somewhere).
- Remove the winch and board and place it below.
- Cover up the keel slot with another board?
- Reverse it to trailor.
Then the keel itself seems to present so many problems:
- What is it made of? Iron will rust right?
- What shape is the pivot pin in? How do you even see it to tell?
- Is the cable fastened to the keel securely? What happens if the cable breaks? How is it fastened to the keel.
- Should the pin be used if the keel is down? Seems like I have read YES ALWAYS put it in and then NO DONT put it in.
Sorry for all the question and non-correctly terminology but I was really ready to buy it but now I am unsure even what to look for or ask when I go see it.
Any advice or pictures would be great. i have read the Cal21 Keel thread and have a better understanding but sometimes the terminology twisted me up.
Thanks in advance.