Join Date: Jun 2000
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water inside centerboard
Nice idea about water weighing the board down and helping it deploy, but once the water inside the board is ''in the water'', it will have no effect in helping ''pull'' the board down. If it did, we''d be using hollow, water-filled bulb keels for ballast. The board probably has a weight molded into it to help it deploy and provide some ballast leverage.
We had a rudder like your centerboard on our Soling. It would drip from a hole on the bottom seam for a good three minutes every time we hoisted the boat(daily, since we drysailed). I figured that carrying the extra water around wasn''t fast, and might very well promote delamination, (especially if it froze) so after letting it dry out for a good long spell (like all winter) I plugged the hole(s) with goop all around the seam. No problems for the following 15 years, at least. Might work for you too.