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Newport Surprise: swing keel layout

Hello everyone!my name is Cliff. and i was just given a newport surprise with a swing keel. I know the keel is lowered using a rope attached somehow to the keel but i dont see a rope coming out of keel area near the tackle that i suspect it is "supposed" to be.My question is: I suspect there is a place on the keel somewhere to tie a rope and then the rope is led directly to to tackle on keel console?can someone please explain or post a link has this info?and what is the tackle at the very base of the mast used for?I am not new to sailing but new to sailing small boats.I am used to a ct 54 ketch and a S&S sloop.Now i am stuck inland on these small lakes and dying to go sailing.My biggest concern is how to lower and or raise the keel without damaging it.


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Re: Newport Surprise: swing keel layout

I have a Santana 2023. The way mine is set up is the following: Line through the cockpit into a downtube that also serves as a step. This downtube is a through hull that runs to the swingkeel. It is attached directly to the swingkeel ( i use a double fishermans knot ). Mine is extremely light, more of a centerboard due to the fact the boat is water ballast so i dont require any hardware. If yours has substantial weight to it you might want to consider some. Hope this helps.
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