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Old 02-23-2010
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HV17 Swing Keel Maintinace

Hello. This is my first post. I want to replace the keel bolt, winch cable, and shackle on a Hobie 17 Vagabond I have just purchased that has been sitting for ten years. It is a 1984 and I have no exsperience with this. The keel looks old,rusty, and dangerously heavy(350lbs.) Any advice ?
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Not sure what type of arrangement you have but it sounds pretty standard for alot of 70's and 80's swing-keelers...there are different mechanisms for operating swing keels but the cable-types are usually very similar....often there are two plates , one on each side of the keel slot...... each plate should have a flange with a hole for the keel pin ,the pin is very thick and made of steel...the plates are bolted to the hull by thru-hull bolts, often there are two to hold each flanged plate. The plates and thru-hull bolts hold the pivot pin up in slots to each side of the keel,allowing it to rotate freely and be held in place securely.The flanges on each plate have holes to allow the pin into these slots to either side. This may sound complicated but it's a very simple arrangement usually which you may have realized if you've toyed with it a bit already.It's the heavy keel and getting to it hat makes everything a bit tricky.
You should be able to access the nuts of the thru-hull bolts from inside the boat...you can usually loosen them and disconnect the keel cable so you can change them out but it can be tricky...depends alot on the trailer you have and what kind of jacks and equipment you are using...or if you have some help. I did it with my boat and it was very difficult...I had a 400 lb keel. Having someone help is recommended...Use 3M 5200 marine sealant is usually recommended but only after you clean the each of the thru-hull boltholes with a wire brush...you can find out more on the Catalina 22 web site...and other web sites if you do a good search....there may be more info out there specific to your boat...good luck... and enjoy that boat...and post some pics of her if you get a chance.

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