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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Calvert County, MD
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Have you tried EricsonOwners.com?
I'm not familiar with the Ericson swing keel arrangement, and so the following is based on my Morgan 30 centreboard arrangement.
The keel swings down as far as it can go in the Morgan i.e. it comes up against the main keel and can go no further. At this point, it is roughly at right angles to the hull.
The keel is raised by a small winch and a stainless steel wire which runs from the cockpit over a series of pulleys to a rod which is connected to the keel. I can send you (or post) a diagram of this arrangement, if that would help.
In my case, if the connection between the rod and the keel failed, I would have to haul the boat and remove the keel in order to repair the attachment point.
Hope this helps and good luck
Leith (rhymes with teeth) is the port of the City of Edinburgh in Scotland. A Leither is someone who comes from that area.
I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky - I left my shoes and socks there, I wonder if they're dry?