Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Gloucester, MA
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Sometimes the swing keel can be at least partially deployed on the trailer. This really depends on the trailer. If you know what you are doing, it isn't too hard to slide this size boat off of a trailer but you probably shouldn't try it before you buy it.
On all of the centerboard boats that my family has had, we have always pulled the board every few years to look at it and get some paint on it. With correctly positioning the boat on the trailer then towing the trailer up onto a set of wheel ramps, I have never had a problem dropping them out. Depending on what you are looking at, you might get lucky like this.
Ask the current owner how they inspect it. If they don't, then that is something to keep in mind. If they do, then have them show you.