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post #7 of Old 09-29-2012
CalebD
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Re: Lightning centerboard extraction

The CB on a Lightning is supposed to weigh <= 130 pounds. ILCA Lightning Plans and Specifications

Probably be easier to extract the CB in shallow water on a calm day. You need to find and remove the pivot pin in the CB trunk.

I'm not sure if this is feasible or not but you could remove the cap of the CB trunk in the cockpit. You might be able to jigger the CB out through the top. I doubt this would work with the boat lying flat in it's trailer though. You'd likely need some wiggle room.

Another thought is to dump the Lightning onto the ground, prop up one side and dig a trench under the CB.

Good luck.

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