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Swing keel mechanism
I have a North American Spirit 23 sailboat. The previous owner rigged the swing keel cable the wrong way. It looks like the tubing that the cable should have gone through broke and instead of replacing it, they ran the cable through the hole without any tubing. We were advised by the folks at West Marine to leave the cord where it was and simply plug the hole with a rubber plug, and all would be well. It wasn't. Water began to leak in rapidly, as we guessed it would have and the boat had to be taken out of the water. I discovered that the Catalina has a similar set up for the swing keel and they offer a complete repair set online.
Has anyone out there also encountered the same problem, and if so, do you think the Catalina repair kit is the answer? I just want to get my beautifully restored little boat in the water this season! Help!