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We had to cut through the glass to expose the bolt and could not turn it...had to grind off the head and the nut and drive the pin through. The board dropped down but not out, as the boat is still on blocks. We'll get the board out when the boat is in the travel lift next week. The final paint is going on the entire boat this week and then we'll let her rest before we move her outside. Will be mounting a new mahogany toe rail, new Harken winches and traveler, and installing remote controls in the cockpit for the outboard, along with new pulpits fore and aft, stanchions and lifelines. The mast and boom have gotten their tenth coats of varnish and I'll be bedding and remounting the hardware next week. Before we launch her, I will also stiffen the hull and deck by installing top-hat stringers and some cored fiberglass planks at all the stress points. I'll just have to get around to fitting out the interior over the summer, as I have plenty of mahogany brightwork to varnish yet, but I want to get her launched on May Day if I can...the new sails are ready except for the asymmetrical spinnaker, but this should be done before the end of the month.
Bottom line on the centerboard is that it is gone...completely corroded beyond the possibility of repair. I have the original design plan, so I'm having a local fabricator make me a new one out of 316 stainless steel...the drum is fine, but I'll go ahead and replace the pendant while I have the board out.
Would love to know more about your boat and where you are, etc. Good to hear from you...Greg
Last edited by Wallilabu; 04-12-2009 at 09:22 PM.