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The Bristol 41.1 is a beautiful boat, but I understand that they typically employ a centerboard. How does one raise/lower it? Are they maintenance-intensive?
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Re: centerboard on the 41.1

Normally the board has a wire that wraps onto a winch designed for this purpose.
We love our board and use it almost all the time to help with weather or lee helm. Even at anchor, it can dampen the motion in a rolly anchorage.
I think the biggest problem with a board, especially on a new boat and for those not used to them, is leaving it down when coming into shallow water. I made a little plaque that says "board down' in red on one side and 'board up' in white on the other, which has velcro and is right alongside the chart plotter at the helm. Can't-miss seeing it.

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Re: centerboard on the 41.1

Like anything else, they require maintenance. The board itself should be lowered, Sanded and Painted. ( maybe not needed annually but every few years) This would typically be done while in a lift. The Cable should be inspected and replaced as needed. Check for "fishhooks" etc. and Lubricate. Inspect the Pivot. Check the "Trunk" for marine growth and scrape out any Barnacles or shells.
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Re: centerboard on the 41.1

I have owned my 1968 B32 since 1970 and have replace the cable and sheaves twice. Last time was 4 years ago, I don't expect to have to do anything to it for the next 20 years, other than paint and cleaning the barnacles out of the trunk.

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Normally the board has a wire that wraps onto a winch designed for this purpose.
We love our board and use it almost all the time to help with weather or lee helm. Even at anchor, it can dampen the motion in a rolly anchorage.
I think the biggest problem with a board, especially on a new boat and for those not used to them, is leaving it down when coming into shallow water. I made a little plaque that says "board down' in red on one side and 'board up' in white on the other, which has velcro and is right alongside the chart plotter at the helm. Can't-miss seeing it.
That's a good way to remind yourself!
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Re: centerboard on the 41.1

I'm still thinking about the Bristol 41.1 (or 43.3) and the centerboard... I read somewhere an anecdote about the centerboard "banging" while underway. Has anyone experienced that; if yes, is there any way to correct that?
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Re: centerboard on the 41.1

Running downwind with the board up in a big sea, I heard the board knocking around in the trunk, when the boat rolled a bit.

In an rolly anchorage you might hear it, in that case lowering the board should help. I'm not racing, So, here in the Northeast, I find the pluses outweigh the minuses for me. I draw 3'11" with the board up, which allows easier access to more spots, at more times.
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Running downwind with the board up in a big sea, I heard the board knocking around in the trunk, when the boat rolled a bit.

In an rolly anchorage you might hear it, in that case lowering the board should help. I'm not racing, So, here in the Northeast, I find the pluses outweigh the minuses for me. I draw 3'11" with the board up, which allows easier access to more spots, at more times.
With the board lowered, is there anything that "locks" it in place so it stays vertical? I had thought that the board was a "swing keel" with it's own ballast that would be heavy enough to keep the board full deployed even with water rushing past it, but I read something today that said it is literally a board (no ballast of its own). Are there perhaps two control lines - one keeping the board up and the other for keeping it extended? Sorry for all the questions... I don't know much about centerboards and have generally avoided them, but the Bristol 41.1 is such a fine looking boat that I keep coming back to it!
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Re: centerboard on the 41.1

We use our board frequently. It's heavily weighted and doesn't rattle at all. Lower it slowly.
Upwind it lets us sail a closer line to the wind.

Instead of reefing at 15-18 we usually can wait till 18-22.

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Re: centerboard on the 41.1

I wouldn't say that my board is heavily weighted. it's heavy enough though. The lateral resistance while under sail plus it's own weight is sufficient to keep it in place. You would only typically deploy it when the wind is on the beam or forward of it.

It cuts down on weather helm and leeway or drift and improves windward performance. I've owned two Centerboard boats, one a Bristol and My current a Sabre. As mentioned, the benefits far outweigh the negatives- For me. With 3'11" board up, I am sailing when many of my neighbors with deeper drafts are waiting for mid or high tide. I can sneak into skinny waters, cut corners of channels etc.

I think the 41.1 is 4'6" with the board up. Not bad for that size vessel!

If winds are light, 5-10 knots, It's usually not even necessary to lower the board. If you really like the boat, I wouldn't let the fact that it has a centerboard scare you away. I looked at a 41.1, I Loved it. I just thought it was just a little too much boat for me at the time, for what I needed. Not that I couldn't sail it. But when you pay for a slip and everything else by the foot, the extra 6 feet beyond my current 34, Sabre, runs into thousands more a year.
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