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Re: Lightning centerboard extraction

Originally Posted by Keifp View Post
Lightning centerboard extraction
I have lightning and am wanting to extract the centerboard to remove the paint. Any suggestions on a one man extraction? Is it possible to extract with the boat on the trailer?
The board comes out of the the top of the trunk somewhat easily. Replace pannant with something easier to hold on to and fasten it somewhere so the top of the board doesn't go below the top of the trunk. Wedge something like a cuchion on the trailer brace to restrict the amount the board can be lowered. Lower board. Remove pivot pin and carefully wiggle it out.
The standard steel (or ss steel) board is heavy, but one, reasonably strong person can manage this task. An extra person can make it a little safer.

Randy Browning
Norwalk, CT USA

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