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[QUOTE=FreidaB;514281] We are still finding gadgets we have no idea what they are for!? My father said the keel is over 9,000 lbs. but last weekend while sitting in the cockpit, I said, I really want to know what the hell this little lever and socket is for! So down below we went. My husband took of a panel and we found a pulley system. It leads to the bilge and apparently to the keel? We thought it was for either a retractable system(which doesn't make sense-it looks like a fixed keel) or a counter weight system?? So if anyone knows please let us know! And if anyone knows where we can find out other info, please let us know!QUOTE]
I assume that what you have discovered is almost certainly the lifting and lowering mechanism for your centerboard! My Morgan 30 has a similar arrangement. If you lift the floorboards/access panel in the main cabin you should be able to see the operating rod. A cable is attached to this and runs via various pulleys to a little "winch" in the cockpit. The centerboard itself is a metal blade that sits inside a slot in the keel when it is up. It has quite and effect when it is down, discouraging leeward drift, increasing stability in a beam sea and improving the ability of the boat to point up to windward.
Hope this helps
Leith (rhymes with teeth) is the port of the City of Edinburgh in Scotland. A Leither is someone who comes from that area.
I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky - I left my shoes and socks there, I wonder if they're dry?