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Exclamation Centerboard stuck?

I just bought a 1969 31' Irwin Classic, boat is in great shape, ready to go! but the centerboard is stuck and won't go down. The guy I bought the boat from said, there was a rough place in the centerboard well that the board, if you raised it to far would hang on it??????? He said to jump in and pry it over with a screwdriver!?? Dang, the water is to cold to do that!!!!!!! Does anyone know how to fix this while the boat is in the water?
Thanks Capt. Terry
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I just bought a 1969 31' Irwin Classic, boat is in great shape, ready to go! but the centerboard is stuck and won't go down. The guy I bought the boat from said, there was a rough place in the centerboard well that the board, if you raised it to far would hang on it??????? He said to jump in and pry it over with a screwdriver!?? Dang, the water is to cold to do that!!!!!!! Does anyone know how to fix this while the boat is in the water?
Thanks Capt. Terry
Hire a diver.

Good luck.
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Capt. Terry, I've got a 1970 38' Irwin, if your centerboard works like mine, it has a stuffing box with a plastic( Derlin) rod through it above the centerboard, if the box is too tight, mine was when I bought it, the centerboard weight doesn't overcome the extra friction. I loosened the packing nut and down she came. Art.
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