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Re: Morgan 22 Centerboard + Swing Keel Restoration
Hi, I just got a Morgan 22 last week. It had sat in fresh water unused for several years, but is in surprisingly good shape from what I can tell so far. I dove underneath it for the first time yesterday, and the centerboard was straight down, and moved freely. I didn't see a cable anywhere, or a place to attach one. On the Catalina 22 we had as kids it was very obvious, I remember diving down and replacing it, and the winch was self explanatory right there in the companionway. I was focusing on cleaning when I was looking in the bilges, so I didn't really assess what was there, but I did see cables with tension on them.
The keel itself felt to be in great shape, and even if I just get it to stay down that would be fine, depth isn't a concern in the lake where I am. I just have no idea what all there is to the system on that boat, and what of it I can see and get at, and what I can't. Does the keel just stay down with its own weight? Or does something hold it in place, I couldn't really judge if it would get pushed back if you really got going.
Does anybody have any info to get me started and to tell me what to look for?