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Question PY23 drop keel needed or info please.

Hello, newbie here, & only today l went to view a Paceship 23footer at Beaver Lake Arkansas.
Luckily I employed a local boat repair specialist who went underneath in full diving gear because the drop keel is almost snapped in two!

The owner was very open & honest about the whole thing having 1st of all informed me of a problem with the keel, & also being generous enough to pay for the inspection.

Well, l love the boat, love the price, but obviously the deal isn't going to go thro' unless I can source a drop-keel for a 1978 PY23 sailboat!

So........does anyone have any knowledge on this subject, or can you guide me to anyone who may have the keel for sale, or is there still a company that has taken over & bought out all the old Paceship equipment & parts?

Any help gratefully accepted..................
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Re: PY23 drop keel needed or info please.

britmick:
As a former PY23 owner I'll chime in here.

The PY23 is a great 23 footer! IMHO it's a nice-looking and nice handling boat that's easy to sail and great to learn on with an interior layout as nice or nicer than other similar mass production boats of that size.

Paceship yachts sold the line to AMF in the mid-to-late 70's and AMF only manufactured for a few years after that. The PY26 molds went to tanzer and the PY23 went nowhere.

I know of no company selling keels or model-specific parts for the PY23.

That said, if the rest of the boat is in really nice shape and the price is really right I guess you could consider buying it and refurbishing or refabricating the swing keel if you're looking for and have the skills for a project and have the setup to drop and reinstall the keel. However, that will be no small task. Walking away (make that running away) should be seriously considered.

There are a lot of PY23's out there at attractive prices. I think they made at least 400 or 500 of them over a 6 or 7 year period beginning in about 1973 0r 1974. I think the last year AMF produced them was 80 or 81.

Check out yachtworld, sailboat listings.com, sailing texas, etc.

But above all check out the Paceship website: The Paceship Website Homepage It's the definitive source for all things Paceship, including downloads of the PY23 manual and a classified section where you can find paceship boats, parts and accessories for sale.

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Re: PY23 drop keel needed or info please.

Website actually has specs on the PY23 rudder and centerboard if you were so inclined to have one built...

PY23 Keel Centerboard Info Dimensions
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Website actually has specs on the PY23 rudder and centerboard if you were so inclined to have one built...
Thanksfor this one Squidd, & thanksto everyone else who has replied.

It looks straightforward.........he says with a tongue stuck in his cheek!!!!!!!
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Re: PY23 drop keel needed or info please.

This link may be helpful: Centerboards and Swing Keels
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Re: PY23 drop keel needed or info please.

Thanks again...it's all useful info.

Now if anyone knows if there's a seconhand new or refurbished drop keel for a PY23 that would just put the icing on the cake.
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