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New owner of yankee 24 seahorse with stuck swing keel
I just bought my first sailboat that is a yankee 24 seahorse, mid 70's. The swing keel is inside of a stub keel and weighs 200lbs according to brochure that I found online. Previous owner never sailed it and doesn't know how to get it down. It has a winch in cabin, but with the rope loose it is stuck. The boat has a removable cover for the keel trunk, but it is only rough fiberglass under the cover with no visible pins ( no pivot pin, no retaining pin nothing, just rough fiberglass) The rope exits rough fiberglass hole that extends up about 6 inches off the floor. I've read that most swing keels have a pin that holds the board/keel when it is in the "up" position to take the strain off of the rope, but I don't know where mine is, if I have one at all. If I try to get it out of the water and remove the keel, how do I get it out with no bolt access? The rope that goes to the keel is currently getting wet, how to I replace it when it rots? I've got to missing something here...please help.