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Re: Seafarer 24 swing keel, keel pivot? Sailing qualities?
I forget to follow up on this thread: basically my board turned out to be structurally pinned into the trunk and glassed over. After getting a visual of the pin from the underside I knew it had to come out which turned the entire saga into a three day job. Alas, someone had done it before, hogging out a 3"x8" hole through the hull to the pins location in the trunk. The good and bad news was that that area is just out of the lead ballast and is instead a mixture of sand and epoxy. The big surprise was that the guy who did it last filled his hole with what appears to be PL400 construction adhesive! Good thing I got into it, it remained wet after the boat being on the dry for over a year. No problem-I have come up with a removable pin idea that will make it much easier and safer down the road to get the board on and off should it be necessary. The void will be sleeved and covered with a plate. Thank you all for your advice and thoughts and let me know if there are any questions about the construction of these hulls, I have some insight and understanding now. And by the way, if you ever have to get into these hulls the only thing that will even dent the sand/epoxy matrix is industrial diamond water cooled tooling. These hulls can probably really take a hit if they have to, insane strength!