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Just bought a Olympic Dolphin 23. The swing keel is bad rusted and needs to taken out and repaired and maybe replaced. The ballast portion looks good just needs paint. Where do I find information on how to do this I am going to do it my self. I need manuals for the boat also and can't seem to find any. Your help would be very appreciated.:confused:
 

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MG.. I've moved your thread to a more appropriate forum.

Welcome to Sailnet, and to the wonderful world of boat maintenance! ;)
 

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Have you checked out this guy's site? He seems to have a few info pages as well as a member's only yahoo group dedicated to your boat.

Here are some specs from Sailboat Data for the Olympic Dolphin, if you haven't already seen these.

And finally, here are some threads started by some of our members: who have olympic dolphins:


A poster in the last thread notably recommends the aforementioned yahoo group... which is def where I'd start.
 

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This link has the specs for your Olympic dolphin 23' sailboat:
http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=183

The above link mentions that there is a Yahoo group for the Olympicdolphin. Join it. They probably have the manuals available.
Also other owners have certainly dealt with issues with the swing keel (800#'s by the way).

Welcome to sailnut.

Edit to add: I see I'm not the quickest gun on the draw.
 

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There are several good threads over on TrailorSailor.com where a fellow is re-furbishing the swing keel on a Windrose. Different boat, but the techniques he is using after he removed the keel might be of use to you.

Welcome to SailNet.

-Chris

P.S. Here are the links:

http://forum.trailersailor.com/post_gb.php?id=1395475#1395475
http://forum.trailersailor.com/post_gb.php?id=1395574#1395574
http://forum.trailersailor.com/post_gb.php?id=1397126#1397126
http://forum.trailersailor.com/post_gb.php?id=1397971#1397971
 

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I replaced a rusted keel on an aquarius 23. I had a local machine shop cut a piece of 316L stainless and weld the stop tab and cut a hole for the pivot pin. that cost $700, mostly for the slab of 1/2" stainless. The plasma cutter did quick work and I think the labor was under 2 hrs. The aquarius has a skiff keel that runs the full length of the boat and this is where the pivot pin was located. The original one was a 3/8"bolt. I used a 1" rod of the same stainless. Installing involved cutting a 1" hole through the keel and epoxying the rod in. I ran a piece of 2"x6" aluminum tube from the top of the keel trunk to the deck. Inside this was a tackle setup that was I think 4:1 purchase. It exited through the deck and ran via turning blocks to the cockpit and a cam cleat and winch. The winch was unnecessary as raising wasnt a big deal by hand with the 4:1 purchase. I sailed the boat for 12 years after that modification and it always worked without a hitch. I consider a kick up rudder mandatory with a swing keel. I broke two rudders off before building a kick up stern hung rudder. It was really cool then. I could sail right across sandbars and the bottom would fold up and go right across effortlessly.
 

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I did mine in a Mac 25. The thread is here with some pics

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/gear-maintenance/164705-making-progress.html

There isn't much in the way of 'how to' though. There was one pivot bolt and one bolt holding the winch cable to raise and lower it. Otherwise it is just brute strength/watch your fingers as it weighs 600-800 lbs... I had a helper and we used a floor jack to put it in place once painted.
 
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