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Stuck Daggerboard

Success!!! Went to Ace Hardware and purchased a piece of flat steel about 7 feet long and 3/4 inches wide. We could see the the stuck piece toward the front of the daggerboard. Don laid under the boat and directed as I placed the steel down the side of the daggerboard on the offending piece and kept hammering until it finally dropped out the bottom. Took about 1/2 hour and cost $8 so we're in the business of sailing again.
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Success!!! Went to Ace Hardware and purchased a piece of flat steel about 7 feet long and 3/4 inches wide. We could see the the stuck piece toward the front of the daggerboard. Don laid under the boat and directed as I placed the steel down the side of the daggerboard on the offending piece and kept hammering until it finally dropped out the bottom. Took about 1/2 hour and cost $8 so we're in the business of sailing again.
Thanks for all the suggestions.
Hope you did not hurt the center board. I would have put pressure and leverage on the board and pushed it up and out. Never hammer. Where on lake MI are you. I lived in Berrien Springs in MI 12 miles form the lake. Glad to be in California.
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Smile More 'splaining about the stuck centerboard

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I'm not from Michigan... that was one of the members trying to give me some help. I'm in Southern California. Where in California are you?

I didn't explain the hammering process quite right.

I didn't hammer on the center board, I hammered on the piece of metal that we had slid down between the side of the opening and the board. I placed the metal on the offending bolt. I "hammered" with a rubber mallet for a while and then used the side of a crescent wrench. (Didn't have a hammer on board.) The piece of metal from Ace hardware kept slipping off but eventually (took almost an hour) the bolt fell out the bottom.
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Ahhh, you used that trusy "sailor's friend" the Cresent Hammer

I've heard, that they can also be used to turn nuts, but that may only be a myth.

In any case glad to hear it came out for you, now get ready to enjoy another season of sailing, if this winter will every go away!!

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We haven't sailed Fair Dinkum III this winter due to the little centerboard problem but we are flying to the British Virgin Islands this Friday for a bare boat vacation for a week.

Can't wait to get there. We've chartered a 51.5 monohull sailboat. There will be 7 of us. We did a similar trip last year at this time and loved it.

I do hope the weather is good when we get back so we can start sailing around Southern California.
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