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Old 07-07-2009
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S2 9.2c haulout

Okay! I am about to haul my S2 9.2C for the first time in a couple of weeks for bottom paint. I've read somewhere that because of the encapsulated keel the whole bottom of the keel must be supported - not just a couple of points - can anyone confirm this? I also want to replace the main halyard - is this easy? Are there any tricks? Please - advice - I'm a rookie! Thanks
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I have an S2 9.1 which is not the same vessel but built at the same time in the same shed. I seriously doubt that you have an encapsulated keel. Even if you did it would not be an issue. I assume you are getting lifted by two slings like everyone else so you need to get one sling in front of the keel and the other behind but positioned so you do not hit the shaft and strut.

Replacing the main halyard is not difficult. You likely have a rope to wire halyard if it is original, and you will likely go to an all rope halyard. You will have to attached a light line to the tail of your existing halyard and pull the old halyard down to the fore deck until it is replaced by the light line.

Then you attached the tail of the new halyard to the light line at the fore deck and pull the new halyard up to the top of the mast then down the mast and out the exit point. You really should go up the mast if it is not down and check that the sheave that the halyard runs through has not been chewed up by the wire. That will damage your nice new halyard.

good luck.

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Great! Thanks so much for the advice -I think there is probably an all robe halyard there now. I'm not actually sure the keel is an encapsulated keel - someone called it that once. There are no keel bolts - just a fiberglass form with lead poured into it so it is an integral part of the hull. Well, thanks again
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You do have an encapsulated keel, that is how mine is on 9.2A (same hull). My surveyor said to make sure the keel is supported back and front when blocked (set down in the yard). I believe the bulk of the weight and structure is in the forward part of the keel. When the boat is out of the water you can tap on the keel and tell that the front is more solid than the back part.

I replaced my halyard (and all my lines up the mast) by doing basically what Gary said ... tied line (I used cheap green fishing net line) to old halyard with say 3 half-hitches spaced about 3" apart. Then wrapped the whole deal with electrical tape so it would feed smoother through the sheaves. Got old line down, tied off the fishing net line. When I bought new line, attached it to fishing net line in the same way w/ half hitches and tape, then fed through. Be careful, DON'T PULL TOO HARD when feeding the line or you might pull all the half-hitches off and then you have to climb the mast.
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Switching to a 3-blade prop?

Hey Thanks for all of our help - being that you two are familiar with S2's like mine, I am wondering about your thoughts on a three bladed prop. I have the original 13 hp engine - it's in very good shape, but only pushes the boat along at about 4.5 knots, which means really slow when heading into a current of 1.5 knots, and really has very little control backing up. would a three bladed prop help with this?
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