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Captiva keel stuck

Anyone know how to free up a kee with 950 ballast on a 1986 Captiva 24?
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You don't say whether the boat is in the water or not. I had an Oday they got stuck and it was a stone wedged along side from running it aground. Went for a swim in April in Toms River, NJ to free it. COLD!

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Captiva keel

its in the water and water temp in florida is upper 50''s. Previous owner said he had to drop the keel once a week or it would stick and he'd have to anchor and swim under to pull it down. After that he said it worked fine just as long as it was raised up and down at least once a week. He belives the problem is slime..but I'm wondering if it is something else. Rope looks fine.
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I've had the same issue with my centerboard, but my board weighs a lot less than your keel but it might still be the same issue. My problem was barnicle growth. When my boat was on the hard we scraped out the barnicles and made sure we got the antifouling pain up into the CB box.
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stuck keel

thanks for the anti fouling paint tip it might help the stufffrom coming back once it is cleaned out
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Thanks for shairng:its in the water and water temp in florida is upper 50''s. Previous owner said he had to drop the keel once a week or it would stick and he'd have to anchor and swim under to pull it down
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My swing keel weighs 650 lbs.similar problem. The little animals weld it up tight in as little as 24 hours.

First loosen off the winch slightly and go sailing down wind. Bouncing the boat off the wakes and waves is usually enough to free it up. You will hear a slight thunk and the cable will be tightend up.

Didn't work loose? Now you need to swim.

Get a piece of flat chain. Bolt it together to form a loop. Loop it over the back of the keel and use a 5 or 6 foot long pry bar through the loop to pull the keel down. Protect the hull as necessary.

Still didn't come loose? Get a piece of re bar or solid steel round stock, remove the winch, go to shallow water so the keel can't fall off the boat and drive the keel down using the bar stock as a drift punch. Big hammer! This method will damage the keel some and it will need to be fixed sometime.

Don't leave the boat parked with the keel all the way up. If you leave the keel down a few inches just the motion of the boat will discourage the beasties. Yes the thunk-a thunk is annoying. Overnight you should be able to pull it tight but don't forget it.

Yes I have used all three methods. Took me a while to figure out what was happening!
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Many many thanks for the info..although I do not have a winch several of the things you suggested should work and save me from having the yard put it in a cradle and trying to pull it down..
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How do you raise a 950 lb keel without a winch? Mine is 600 lb and I can't budge it without lots of mechanical advantage. Or did I read your original post wrong?
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pushing 950

You read it right. I copied the keel weight from another site without thinking. I offered the job to Hulk Hogan but he turned it down.
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