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Good looking glass work! Does not sound like you are planning any other support, like the blocks of wood. How about the locking pin?
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Well, short story is that the keel is back in...it went a lot smoother than it could have. We used a 1 inch bolt as a new pin because the threads on the old one were stripped. I think this idea came from some photos we found online somewhere. We haven't done a leak test yet. The photos should explain the process to some degree...
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Rippy - still working on the locking pin. I think I might try to find a threaded brass rod based on some of the threads I read off the Cal 21 site. We had a session in applied math trying to determine where the locking pin hole should be drilled. Before re-fiberglassing there were large holes in this area so we didnt know what was right and fiberglassed it all in. We know that last summer we were sailing with the keel over extended and not locked! So we tried to determine the angle of the keel shaft and then only drilled out one side based on a sketch from the keel and based on the specs. When we do the first launch we will test how well we did on lining up the hole and probably end up a little wet trying to determine where the lead is horizontal.
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Man, that is some sweet new keel bolt. Not to mention the nice glass job on the trunk. Good luck with the pin placement. I am still waiting for a little help to launch for my maiden splash.
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I don't have my camera or I would take a pic of my pin/keel bolt placement, though it is heavily covered up with whatever so would still be hard to use to set your pin. I measured the distance from the bolt to the pin and it is 10.5 inches. The pin is about 5 inches from the front edge of the trunk. Hard to measure as I still have some plywood and stuff in that area. As I may have already said, I am going to try to launch and sail as is, hoping that nothing falls off!
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I bought it last year and put it straight into the water and all went fine. It presented itself as a great opportunity to learn and I had good help to aid me along the way...of course when I bought it I was told that it didn't leak at all, haha. The true test is yet to come. Hopefully the leak is gone and the keel pivots inside the trunk! Those dimensions sound about right compared to our math as well. Thanks for the info. Looking forward to hear about your maiden voyage!
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Looking good! Also let me know if there is anything you need. I can take pictures/get measurements off of mine for you as well.

I meant to reply to that PM, but I don't have 15 posts... which is weird, because I sent it to you. Maybe they changed the rules.

Anyways, the boat looks like it's coming together. Are you going to rebuild all the wood interior as well? If so, I'd be very interested in how that goes as mine is almost due to be replaced.
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I do plan on replacing some of the interior. I want to leave the keel trunk more accessible than it was previously. We also would like to put hatches in the cockpit seats...that said, we probably won't be doing much of it until the fall.
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Well we have launched and been out twice in shakedown sails! No leaks anywhere. There is only one thru hull location and that is for a depth sounder. But I don't have a battery so not sure if that works yet.
Unfortunately the wind was howling and the Hudson was in heavy ebb mode both times, YIKES! As I was not reefed the first day I ended up doing a lot of luffing - not used to the serious heeling that was happening. I suspect the boat will stop at heeling at some point, but unfamiliarity with her characteristics except what I have read, "tender", I was a bit chicken...so to speak. Wind was gusting mid 20's first day. I tried to put a reef in the main second time out, but must confess again, lack of knowledge didn't give me a very clean sail. Wind subsided and I shook out the reef. Soon wind was up again and as I was beating back up river got a little hairy. Boat is very responsive to the tiller and turns on a dime. There is a tiller tamer on the boat but not sure I like the mixup of main sheet and tamer lines. I expect to install hardware to lead halyards back to cockpit as too short(me) to reach mast even through the open hatch. A proper roller reefing/furling setup on jib might be called for, but not sure I want all that weight hanging on or near the jib stay. Enough for now. Best all, rippy
PS. Not sure the keel was completely down as the hole for the locking pin is not really visible. I suspect that the keel might be butting up against the pin(if there is one in there) before fully down. I know doesn't make much sense, but anything possible over 40 years!

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Rippy, per the pin hole. When my keel was down all the way I couldn't see mine either. I had to put the winch back on it and slowly winch it up a little at a time and go check the hole. Eventually I got it lined up, but the pin hole was full of rust/crud. About 15 minutes of filing it out got the pin in.

How much heeling were you experiencing? I had mine out a while back (5-10mph winds) and she was doing a nice 15 degrees until a gust hit me and sent her over a good ways (also found out at that point I have a nasty leehelm I need fix). I was also a little worried as she didn't take but a split second to heel over and it definitely gave the sense she wasn't going to stop. I have seen some posts though from other people on here that she will have heel like a beast and not tip if needed.
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