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130 lb centerboard hanging up

Out single handing the lightning today(it was awesome) and ran into some sand bar....pulled the centerboard up and it didn't want to go back down,,,,clues?
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Re: 130 lb centerboard hanging up

Centerboards will not go down if there is lateral pressure on them, like when sailing to windward. Many, like mine, will jam if brought all the way up, so we have put a mark on the cable to prevent that. You will probably have to go under there (or haul the boat) and using a screw driver pry it back out. Then, don't forget to mark the cable/lone you use to control it.
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Re: 130 lb centerboard hanging up

You could have stirred up some sand or other flotsam into the C/B trunk.
Try tapping the side of the C/B trunk.
Otherwise you are going for a swim or a haul out.
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Re: 130 lb centerboard hanging up

I've actually seen downhaul lines rigged for CB's for such purposes. I agree with Caleb, you probably have some sand stuck in there and it's keeping the CB stuck. If you can get to the top of the CB trunk, one idea would be to try to flush the area with fresh water from the top. That might dislodge the sand or other debris. On something like a lightning, it should be easy to haul her out and clean from the bottom if need be. Do you have a trailer?
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Re: 130 lb centerboard hanging up

It's a Lightning. This is not a stout board I presume. You may have bent it.
Is it metal?
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Re: 130 lb centerboard hanging up

Thanks, I have always been able to kick it down, I 'm thinking it must have been debris wedging up.
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Re: 130 lb centerboard hanging up

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It's a Lightning. This is not a stout board I presume. You may have bent it.
Is it metal?
Ya , it's actually a robust metal centerboard. If something were to bend it, it would make an awful noise up-top..cause they act like a needle on an old record ,when you scrape against something the sound is amplified by the hull.
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Re: 130 lb centerboard hanging up

You may be able to get the debris out of the centerboard box by rocking the boat vigorously for a few minutes.
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Re: 130 lb centerboard hanging up

ya sailed it for 4 hours yesterday, kicked my ars, pretty sore today,, feels good.
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Re: 130 lb centerboard hanging up

did the C/B come down?
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