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04-08-2009 01:25 AM
imzens 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.
04-07-2009 05:36 AM
EdWarren 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!!

Ed Warren.
04-06-2009 06:37 PM
imzens
More 'splaining about the stuck centerboard

RStocker - - -

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.
04-05-2009 06:14 PM
RStocker
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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.
02-24-2009 06:02 PM
imzens
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.
Thanks for all the suggestions.
02-02-2009 10:34 AM
Roberthussey
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
01-30-2009 10:52 AM
imzens
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.
01-29-2009 04:26 PM
chucklesR 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.
01-29-2009 04:13 PM
MABON01 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.
01-29-2009 03:52 PM
Saildoggie
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Originally Posted by MABON01 View Post
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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