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Re: Lightning centerboard extraction
I, for one, (and I know, others do too,) appreciate the helpful comments you regularly make on this forum.
In this case, you must be thinking of boat other than a Lightning. (or possibly a really old wood one?)
I've owned 3 different lightnings and sailed on at least 20 others. I also owned one from this same builder and vintage, and performed this same task at least 20 times.
Not necessary to take anything apart. (only the pivot pin when when you ready to lift the board out.) Slot is open at the top. No cap. The board is somewhat heavy. But unlike many other boats, someone actually thought about how a single person would take the centerboard out without too much effort.
I haven't owned a Lightning in years, and since I have this sailboatdata.com thing, I never get involved with recommending any kind of boat. I will say, however that the Lightning (designed in the 1930's) is the most well thought out boat I have ever owned. I just remember thinking after launching a Laser for the first time, how much easier everything was on the Lightning. (not a useful comparison for most, ..initial impression only.)