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Red face Stuck daggerboard

Daggerboard is stuck due to dropping a bolt down the slot. Any suggestions as to removing said bolt?
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I would help if you told us what model Mac and what type of bolt (size, material, e.g. Magnetic or non-magnetic). You may be looking at having to remove the daggerboard to get the bolt out. You might be able to snake down a very thin wire, and/or tool like that used to unlock autodoors and fish it out.

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Stuck daggerboard

Thanks. Its a 1988 MacGregor 26D. Not sure what is down there but may be a bolt. I would guess it is metal. We tried to put a magnet down but we had already tried to get the board to go up and down and the piece is lodged tightly.
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My boat is a 26s so, I can't be of much practical help. Here are some ideas, use each at your own risk.

1. Boat on trailer: go buy a length of thin aircraft cable from your local hardware (e.g. 1/8"), that largest that will slide down the side of your cb trunk. Drop one end down the forward outboard side, the other down the aft outboard side. Now you should have two ends hanging out the bottom of the slot on the bottom of the boat. Now drop down the center of the cable and you should have the offending bolt captured. Pull like heck to unlodge. Note: If you believe the offending bolt to be at the top figure out how to reverse the process and feed the cable up rather than down.
2. If the boat is still in the water ---??

Lots of luck.
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If still in the water. Add length to your stopper rope and drop the board out the bottom. Then Keel Haul the offending DB and rope back to the stern and retrieve. Then you will have the fun of having to unstep the mast to get the DB back in.
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If still in the water. Add length to your stopper rope and drop the board out the bottom. Then Keel Haul the offending DB and rope back to the stern and retrieve. Then you will have the fun of having to unstep the mast to get the DB back in.

Like that plan, but can't you just get in the water with mask and snorkel and slip 'er back in from underwater???

Leave the piece of line going through for a helper inside the boat to pull on and help!!
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I am sure that would work as well.... If you have a mask and snorkel.
Visibility here (Lake Michigan) is about 2' (if lucky, in the harbor) and that is with 20/20 vision. I'd sooner just close my eyes and go for the feel.
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Can you rock the boat over on it's side and dislodge the obstruction, try tying the halyard to either an anchor, or the pier and lay it over as far as you can, then jiggle the board to get it moving.
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Stuck Daggerboard

At this time the daggerboard is stuck in the up position. When the boat was still in the water we tried to push it down but it wouldn't go. We had to pull it up (with difficulty) to get the boat on the trailer so we could take it out of the water. We haven't had time to do any more as we've been working.

Thanks for all the suggestions. Hope we can get to try some of them this week-end.
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my guess

first of all you know what free advice is worth ? so take it from there, I have a 26S so have no experience on your model. However I think the dagger board will have some taper to it so it would be best to take it out from the top as it is all the way up and is on the trailer. You may need to use a small jack on the ground to apply pressure and or a "come-along" from above. If you can supply any form of lubrication that might help, a good choice would be dish soap, can't do any harm and easy to clean up.
good luck, Bob
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