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Re: Seafarer 34 centerboard swing keel removal?!
Wanted to follow up on my experience with my boat, its been quite a process. After getting my board to actually start moving around I decided to cut the three plates that were the remaining structure. I thought I would make a slot and lift them out. I accomplished this on two from the front leading edge of the board trunk. After removing one I finally confirmed that these were custom made, no slot at all to remove the board from the pin. The pin was driven in with the board installed. I got a good look at the pin and was not impressed. Pitted and beat. So that was when I decided to go for it and pull everything, pin and all. No sense in waiting for the next time its out, it's in my driveway right now. Had started a previous pin excavation in my port side; hit lead after 3/4' glass and found many small holes in lead and one half inch hole. Went around to starboard and immediately noticed a round 4 inch bulge in the fair of the keel. Started drilling, made it through a 1/4" of glass and then a mystery material?! Soft and yielding and very wet. What could it be? My guess: PL400 construction sub floor adhesive!!! I was shocked. After a half hour I had chiseled through about 6" of the stuff with voids and pockets of water. At the bottom lay the pin, sitting in the 1/2" of truck wall fiberglass. That's all the support it had. Wow. I was and still am a little shocked by this and am very thankful that I got into all of it, it may have caused big issues down the road. The bulge in my hell was the construction adhesive swelling with water. I hammed the pin out from the port side, the 1/2" hole in the lead. My plan moving forward is to improve upon the design here and make this a removable pin from outside the hull. I plan on recessing stainless steel "dishes" into hull, run the pin through them with a watertight seal like a lip ring or sealant. I will make cover plates for them to keep the water out of the dish and restore the fair to the hull curvature. Obviously, all of the construction adhesive will be hole sawed out in the coming days. If anyone has any questions on the hull, centerboards truck, or anything related let me know now, everything is exposed. Thanks for all the advice and interest!