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Securing centerboard when trucking a vessel

We are planning to truck a Wauquiez Hood 38 some 1500 miles using a commercial boat transport company. The vessel has a centerboard. The trucking company says the centerboard should be all the way up, but others have said you don''t want the pennant carrying the centerboard shock loads from the road vibration. Has anyone got firsthand knowledge of the best way to secure the centerboard for road transport?
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Securing centerboard when trucking a vessel

They''re both right. The trucker doesn''t want the board down, because he wouldn''t be able to get under any bridges. You don''t want the pennant carrying the load each time he hits a bump. You probably want to block the centerboard after the boat''s on the trailer by lowering it onto a couple of 2x6''s. You might not want to leave the pennant uncleated (just in case...) but eased off so there''s slack in it with the board lowered against the blocks. Nice boat!
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Securing centerboard when trucking a vessel

Down. No question about it. But it doesn''t need to be fully extended, just lowered onto a secured board or blocks.
My boats'' swing keel weighs 1500 pounds. When moving along the highway the loading on the lifting and holding areas would be too much for it (and unnecessary)if it was "up". The other end of your centerboard (pivot point) is most likely just fine no matter where the rest of the board is positioned.
Block it where it meets the transport trailer and maybe even a chock on either side to prevent lateral shift if you think it may do that.
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