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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.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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