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07-08-2012 04:41 PM
Re: Grampian 26 cracked centerboard

Any luck at fixing it? I recently had the cable break on my G23 and look forward to your experience on how this it was attached.

01-17-2007 11:22 AM
icwhtwtr Thanks Tim, The help is appreciated
01-17-2007 10:59 AM
Originally Posted by icwhtwtr
Also does anyone know how to take the cb pin out?
I'm not familiar with particulars of the G26, but I expect there is a big bolt that goes through the keel and acts as the pivot pin for the centerboard. The ends of the bolt are recessed and covered over with filler.

You'll need to find it, dig the filler out, undo the nut from the bolt, and probably use a sledge hammer and drift to drive the rusted bolt out of the rusted keel.

I'll probably be talking to someone this weekend who has experience with the G26. If my guess is wrong, I'll post a follow-up.

01-16-2007 05:39 PM
icwhtwtr From what I can tell it seems to be split due to expansion and not an impact,
the split that I can see is aprox 1/4 inch wide. it is also on a cradel so I am unable to drop the board and really see what is going on. Also does anyone know how to take the cb pin out?
01-16-2007 03:49 PM
canadianseamonkey I have a 1974 Grampian 26 for sale, great condition and nothing broken. Contact me if you're interested.

01-16-2007 02:49 PM
Originally Posted by Gramp34
I'd suggest looking at the Grampian Marina website at
Seconded - A lot of Grampian specific info can be had for the asking there.

Originally Posted by Gramp34
Of course I'm biased, but I'll recommend the G26 as a great economical cruiser. Good luck,
Me! Say Not!

Believe it or not, But I trailer mine (yes a fixed keel)
01-16-2007 02:48 PM
sailingdog Grampians are solid coastal cruisers, and there was a nice article on them in GOB not too long ago IIRC. If the centerboard has delaminated due to rust, then the repair will be a pain, but the rest of the centerboard trunk, and pivot gear should be in pretty good shape.

BTW, don't use Bondo... use a good epoxy, like system 3 or west systems, and a high-density silica filler. it will give you more strength and resist water intrusion far better than the "bondo" will.
01-16-2007 02:39 PM
Originally Posted by icwhtwtr
Hi I am looking at buying a Grampian 26, centerboard model. looking up into the box from the bottom the board seems to be cracked.
I'd suggest looking at the Grampian Marina website at It used to be the Sailnet Grampian mailing list was very active, but when Sailnet shut down, people went to four different forums, and discussion got spread out among them. The Grampian links page on that site points to the different forums.

I don't know about the 26, but at least on their bigger boats the centerboard started as a piece of mild steel plate with filler and fiberglass around it to form the streamlined shape. If water gets in to the steel plate, it will rust, expand and crack the fiberglass covering. In cold climates, water freezing inside causes the fiberglass to crack. You see this a lot in rudders, too.

Repairing a cracked centerboard shouldn't be too terrible a job. Look for information on repairing cracked rudders -- it's the same type of job. Even if you have to build a new one, a welder can cut you a new steel plate, then you apply Bondo to build up the shape and fiberglass over it.

The Grampian mailing list ( has been silent for a while. This might be a good question to ask to get some activity going again.

Of course I'm biased, but I'll recommend the G26 as a great economical cruiser. Grampians weren't fancy boats, but they were certainly solidly built. At my marina there's a G26 still sailed by the original owners -- and that's at least 30 years now.

Good luck,

01-16-2007 12:03 PM
sailingdog Is the board cracked or delaminating??? There's a huge difference.... One is often due to old age, the other is often due to impact damage, and that can have damaged other things in the centerboard trunk.
01-16-2007 09:33 AM
Originally Posted by icwhtwtr
But it is cheep+++ hull and deck in good shape with other issues that I can deal with and Mom and Dad had one when I was a kid!
LOL... is that how Mom and Dad met? I'd contact the Grampian owner's association and ask them about how difficult a repair job this is. If the replies are encouraging...then go for it. Don't forget to get the boat surveyed... as there may be other things wrong that make it less of a bargain.
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