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Dear Mr. Morgan,
Wow......You were a hero for Gulf Coast sailors as I grew up sailing in New Orleans with John Dane and Buddy Friedrichs and working as a college student doing rigging at NewOrleansMarine.
For the past 25 years I've been living in Seattle and sailing a dear Shaw24yawl that I sailed up the West Coast from San Diego to go to Graduate School in Architecture at the University of Washington.
Now with the chilren finishing college I have finally traded up - having
2 years ago found a M34 for sale in Portland - black topsides, real mahogany interior and a Perkins diesel - brought her down the Columbia River and up the coast and into Puget Sound.
Such alovely boat - when I was 12 I was in Biloxi and stepped aboard the newly launched M34 "Quartet" - classic transom, overhangs and sheer - yet "doomed "it seems by the then just-arriving fin keel and spade rudder. Yet having cut my teeth in Luders16 and an 8metre sloop I do so very much prefer the feel of a boat that is _in_ rather than just atop water.
However, this centerboard situation is a real Achilles heel.
From the Shaw24 I know how the bounce of the board was a great convenience when gunkholing.
Is there a way to get a diagram or drawing of how this system works ??!! - Perhaps my cables are misinstalled thus allowing the tube to be too fully exposed to the "well" and thus vulnerable to a whallop from a sudden self-rising board?
I thought the tube mediated between cables and so _had_ to be where it was - and so I do not get how the shock cord that you mentioned could pull the rod forward and not be directly affecting the board - oh! - I just reread yr message - now I see - as the wire gets unloaded by a self-rising board the cord draws the rod forward.......hahmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
and aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh - I sure hope that there are some more alternatives .
Sir - could we "carboncopy" this out the larger List?
Thank you for your consideration and for designing such a lovely boat.