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Hi all,
Well the centerboard failed to come back up and then the cable broke at the crank as I was cranking it up. It is a 1980 Sprite 23 model and I don't know anything about fixing one. What do I need to do.
Thanks, Greg.
Haul the boat out on a sling, support it on the front & back of the shoal keel so the swing keel can be removed (hinge pin on the port side of the shoal keel) take the inner cable out & replace it (for a temporary fix) for a permanent fix see the pulley I made for mine earlier in the thread. Pretty simple really either way.
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Guys my husband and I are considering the purchase of a NA Spirit boat...its a 78ish model with everything, ready to go sail. Is this a good beginner boat? Will be sailing on a lake.
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Guys my husband and I are considering the purchase of a NA Spirit boat...its a 78ish model with everything, ready to go sail. Is this a good beginner boat? Will be sailing on a lake.
This is a very stable boat, with a great hull design, except the cable for the swing keel as mentioned above. Very forgiving in high winds. I love mine.
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Actually interesting that you mention the swing keel...this boat we are looking at the guy said the swing keel cable is rusty and needs to be oiled to work again....is this true in others issues with this? Would this be an easy do it yourself fix?
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Actually interesting that you mention the swing keel...this boat we are looking at the guy said the swing keel cable is rusty and needs to be oiled to work again....is this true in others issues with this? Would this be an easy do it yourself fix?
Well I did it myself so I guess it's a do it yourself job... The issue isn't rust usually. The cable comes out at a bad angle from the hull to the swing keel. It's really the only issue with these boats. It needs to come out of the water & the keel dropped out to replace the cable. The only hard part is the setup for the job, changing the cable is pretty easy. I put a pulley up inside so it's a non issue for me now. Check out the earlier posts in this thread. Also the cable is on a winch if it's so rusty it's seized, it'll need more than just oil. & if it is that easy why didn't he do it?? Sounds like a sales job to me, but it's a great boat though.

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A younger guy owns the boat that Im not sure really knows a lot about boats. He said when they attempt to lower the swing keel it wont go - so he said from his opinion it looked like it needed oil or something? He not longer lives where the boat is and trying to sell it.
Is it possible this could be a simple fix? I love the boat but if its complicated im not sure my husband and I could fix it?

Also what do you guys or have you pulled your NA23's with?

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If we get enough action here we may get our own Thread, but these beautiful boats are few & far between.!!
thanks for the help I'll get the year # off the back of the boat, Ill also send some pics
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Anchoring

I have the stuck centerboard so for now I want to leave it out away from the dock. It on a lake with some wind protection so how would I go about anchoring it out, how much weight etc. Thanks, Greg.
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I'm looking at one of these Spirit 23' boats right now.
Other than the swing keel issue; is there anything else on these older boats I should check. I know about the general stuff. It is particular issues with this model I'm concerned with.

What all are you paying for these older used boats?

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