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Old 08-17-2008
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Should I haul now or wait?

Arrgh! The centerboard on my Oday 23 stuck when I retracted it into the well. It hasn't happened for years, and I thought it wouldn't happen at all this year especially since I cleaned the slot of all barnacles and crap before launching. Most troubling is that my surefire fix failed to work for the first time. I have always been able to free it up in the past with a three foot steel rod thru the pendent hole. Didn't work this time, and I don't know why. I stuck the rod in, and it hit the centerboard. A couple of gentle whacks, and the rod moved freely down. Usually, this means that the centerboard too moves freely, although this time the pendent did not move; it just lay slack. I can only think of two reasons why it would do this: the rod is missing the centerboard and is just moving past it, or the centerboard is free, but the pendent has become separated from it. The big question now is: do I pay to have the boat hauled now so I can see, or do I just sail her the way she is and check things out after the season is over?
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Arrgh! The centerboard on my Oday 23 stuck when I retracted it into the well. It hasn't happened for years, and I thought it wouldn't happen at all this year especially since I cleaned the slot of all barnacles and crap before launching. Most troubling is that my surefire fix failed to work for the first time. I have always been able to free it up in the past with a three foot steel rod thru the pendent hole. Didn't work this time, and I don't know why. I stuck the rod in, and it hit the centerboard. A couple of gentle whacks, and the rod moved freely down. Usually, this means that the centerboard too moves freely, although this time the pendent did not move; it just lay slack. I can only think of two reasons why it would do this: the rod is missing the centerboard and is just moving past it, or the centerboard is free, but the pendent has become separated from it. The big question now is: do I pay to have the boat hauled now so I can see, or do I just sail her the way she is and check things out after the season is over?
If you can't swim, you'd better get the boat hauled out and take a look.

If the board is stuck up, you could be in a spot of bother if you were ever unfortunate enough to need it (like during a capsize!)
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Take a swim!
And my wife and kids laughed when I bought my wetsuit! Ha! A swim it is.
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