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I just bought a DS 22. These must not have been overly popular boats. I can't seem to find any manuals or information on her anywhere. I can't even find out how to raise or lower the swing keel. If anyone can point me in the right direction I would be appreciative.
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I Googled name of the boat and found a discussion board with a number of members listed. There are email addresses to several. The discussion is quite a few years old, however.

There were a couple of comments regarding the swing keel, saying that they were made of steel and are prone to getting rusted stuck. People say they sail well even with the swing board up.

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I looked at a DS22 down near Montreal this winter. I was fascinated by the fact that they are a Bruce Kirby design. In my research I read about a lot of problems with the swing keel getting stuck in the trunk in the spring. If you're having trouble lowering your keel, I don't think you are the first DS 22 owner to have that problem. It seems as though most owners have a way of dealing with the issue, but they all seem to be a little different.

I have never owned one, just did a bunch of reading on them.

I see on your profile that you are in Minden, the flooding there is insane this year. I hope your house is no where near the river.

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Thanks again Arcb. I have been reading about the sticking swing keel too, There seems to be a few different fixes I can try.

Yes, the flooding is bad in Minden again, it seems to happen every couple of years. I've been up here 7 years and this is the third time I've seen it. Some of the olditimers say that the whole town is built on swampland and is a flood plain, they may be right.
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Thanks midwesterner, I checked out the discussion board you mentioned. Seems 2 things stand out 1 The swing keel is problematic and, 2 most owners are very pleased with their boats. They did have a few fixes to try. Good news is I found the keel winch, it is in the stbd cockpit locker, I never would have guessed!
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No wonder you couldn't find it! That's bizarre.

I've heard that the dam and white water park just upriver have resulted in serious silting and there has been something like a 50% reduction in volume the river is capable of holding between the white water park and Gull Lake. Not sure if it's true or not, I remember high water when I was a kid, but not major flooding.

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For what it's worth, the DS-22 was built by DS Yachts in Odessa, Ontario (Not far from where I live!) Also at times called Schwill Yachts and owned by Herman Schwil. Shop is no longer there and I have not heard of Herman for quite a while. Not sure if he is still with us. They also built a number of other boats. This information is not complete:

Sailboats built by DS Yachts (Schwill Yachts) (CAN) by year on Sailboatdata.com. They also built a couple of small Kirby more racy boats.

Rusty swing keels are not uncommon. Need to get boat up high and get keel down where you can work on it. Scrape off all loose rust. Maybe use a wire wheel. Once clean, give it a couple of coats of POR-15, fill any cavities with epoxy filler then paint with an epoxy barrier paint and/or antifouling paint if boat will be left in water.

Good Luck with it.

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Hi FreeAgent, Thanks for the info and suggested repair. I think I will launch her next week after a good scrub. I don't really know if the keel is stuck or not as she is still on the trailer. If it is stuck I guess I'll have the marina lift her and rent a cradle for a week or so.
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No wonder you couldn't find it! That's bizarre.

I've heard that the dam and white water park just upriver have resulted in serious silting and there has been something like a 50% reduction in volume the river is capable of holding between the white water park and Gull Lake. Not sure if it's true or not, I remember high water when I was a kid, but not major flooding.
I know that the white water park is wild at this time of year usually, I haven't been over that way for about a month now though. As most of the Haliburton lakes are reservoir lakes for the Trent system, people along those waterways blame Parks Canada for mismanaging the water levels, be they to high or to low. I would not be surprised if there is a silting issue on that stretch. I was totally reworked for the Pan/Am ganes last year and tons of fill was dumped in to make the water course more challenging.
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