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Broken centerboard cable - what to do?

The cable holding the swing keel of my Catalina 22 broke off at the keel end. The boat is on my dock, in about six feet of water, with the keel stuck on the lake bottom. I cannot drag the boat into deeper water (I tried). The reservoir level is dropping as we head into winter. By spring, she will be beached. Can anyone offer advice? Thanks so much.
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The cable holding the swing keel of my Catalina 22 broke off at the keel end. The boat is on my dock, in about six feet of water, with the keel stuck on the lake bottom. I cannot drag the boat into deeper water (I tried). The reservoir level is dropping as we head into winter. By spring, she will be beached. Can anyone offer advice? Thanks so much.
Short of diving on it and attaching a cable, You could try working a line back in the water, from the bow, on both sides, until it catches the swing keel. Tie one end off amidship and winch the other end from a cockpit winch. It might help if you can find a a short length of firehose mat and feed the line through it first. Or try two lines with a piece a flat strapping attached in middle. That's a lot of weight though.

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Re: SWING KEELS GOOD or BAD?

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The cable holding the swing keel of my Catalina 22 broke off at the keel end. The boat is on my dock, in about six feet of water, with the keel stuck on the lake bottom. I cannot drag the boat into deeper water (I tried). The reservoir level is dropping as we head into winter. By spring, she will be beached. Can anyone offer advice? Thanks so much.
Ouch!

This should almost be its own thread, maybe a moderator could move it to a new one.

Can you pull the boat forward? Since the keel point backwards at about a 30 angle pulling the boat backward would just dig the keel in, but if you pull it forward it should swing up a little bit and drag over the bottom. This would let you get it into deeper water.

As for getting it up, wow... Yeah, maybe a very strong line run from each winch down around the keel, then winch it up? No idea how you'd get it on a trailer though.

Remind me to go check my keel cable bolt....

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Re: SWING KEELS GOOD or BAD?

I managed to drag a weighted line under the boat, and after some heaving it passed below bottom of the keel and then free to aft. But still stuck. So I ran a long line through the bow eye, back along both sides, and tied off lines with ratchet straps to a dock located behind the boat. (Lucky!). I ran more lines from the dock to each cockpit winch. Two hours of alternately heaving, ratcheting, winching and resetting the four lines, and after about eight feet of rearward movement into ever deeper water, she came free. The boat is now safe for the winter and repairs can be effected at leisure. Many thanks Tempest, for your advice. I am very grateful. Ross
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