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Help! Centerboard won't go up!
I have a contract on a Pearson centerboard/keel boat and during the survey we discovered that the centerboard leaves 10 inches of board down below the centerboard trunk when it is pulled all the way up. The seller's broker said the owner had mentioned it to her but apparently it didn't occur to her that she should change the draft of the boat by ten inches in the listing. A shoal draft boat was one of the prime criteria for us and this additional draft puts the boat only three inches short of mean low water at the dock I was planning on moving her to. (soft sand bottom) Everyone says it should be an easy fix. The centerboard does go all the way up if you stand next to it and push it up but that doesn't free up any line in the cockpit. So the centerboard itself isn't stuck - the surveyor thinks that putting another tun around the larger wheel in the box where the two wheels for pulling it up are will fix it. (I gather that the larger wheel has the line wrapped around it and the line becomes a cable which wraps around a smaller wheel which hauls up the board, giving the hauler in the cockpit a mechanical advantage) We couldn't get the box open without dismantling part of the woodwork. The yard says they need it hauled back out to work on it. (its in the water now).
So does anyone have any experience with this problem and is it an easy fix? I hate to give up on the boat at this point but I really want the shallower draft I thought I was putting a contract on. Thanks!