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I have a 1982 Luger Voyager with the optional center board. It has a decent long shoal draft keel that only draws 3 feet but also has a swing keel that can be lowered with a winch for a 6' draft. With the swing keel up she sails OK but she doesn't point up as well as One would like. The problem is, when sailing up wind into waves with the center board down, water splashes up through where the cable runs especially when heeled over. As a result I don't use the Center board but would like to. Has anyone experienced this problem and any suggestions on how to correct it? I could just cap the pipe where the cable runs but to seal it and still have the cable run freely would be a challenge.
 

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On my old swing keel portager, I used to just wrap a plastic around it after lowering the keel. Then, after constantly running out of plastic bags, I picked up a rubber stopper that fit the tube and drilled a hole through it and cut a slot, after lowering the keel I'd just slip the stopper on and tap it into the tube.
Planned to take a short length of pipe (bronze from an old plumbing installation) and cutting some neopreme foam to fill it, then mounting that on the tube so it was a no-effort seal. Sold the boat before I did it though.

It doesn't take much to keep the water out, it's normally just splash so anything in the way will keep it out.

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Unfortunately the pipe is already right up to the Winch which is positioned just under the Companionway door. How much difference does having the 800lb centerboard down actually make? Same weight just spreads it down an extra 3'. I have also stuffed plastic bags in but never been happy with that.
 

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Tr putting a small piece of soft sponge in the hole, It is flexible and will stop the splashes without coming loose so easy.
 

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Unfortunately the pipe is already right up to the Winch which is positioned just under the Companionway door. How much difference does having the 800lb centerboard down actually make? Same weight just spreads it down an extra 3'. I have also stuffed plastic bags in but never been happy with that.
Uh, that's kind of like having your 4-200lb buddies sit on the rail instead of in the cockpit! It would make a little difference.
 

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Yes it seems to make sence that the keel down would make a real difference but in the real world it isn't that obvious. A little help heading up wind but otherwise... Of course part of it may be that I have 3,500lbs lead in the keel already. and when swung up the center board is still at the very bottom of the keel Sounds like Merc2dogs sugestion of the Rubber stopper might be the best way to go. Can't have the water splashing in as it is in my engine room and goes all over the batteries.
 

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Yes having the deeper keel helps you're upwind performance. Have the weight in the keel extended helps counteract the heel.
 

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How much difference does having the 800lb centerboard down actually make?.
The weight is not the important thing here. The centreboard decreases the tendency of the boat to drift to leeward and also changes the dynamics of the water flow under the boat. Both of these should contribute to improved handling, especially when pointing up.

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The rubber stopper described by mercs is the best solution to your problem. There are several boats that use this method.
The rubber stopper method is also commonly used in fountains to plug the bowl and run the power cord for the pump down through the pedestal.
 

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How big is the tube? a lot of times rubber stoppers like Chris talked about, ie ones for fountains can be found pre cut with a hole from the mold. In your case, one that is drilled and cut by yourself, will work find, but in fountain situation, the premolded ones would be better vs making your own.

Most of the of the ones made for a fountain, are in the 3/4-1" diam in size. I would imagine that the hole for a CB wire is a bit smaller. But could be wrong here.

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Is it possible to place a winch on cabin top outside? Just extend the tube all way up through the top, and seal everything around the centerboard.

On my boat line for a board exits at cabin top. Inside tube looks like just a post, a handle.
 

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The pipe is about 2" Couldn't extend the pipe up as it would block the companionway door. In the spring I will try the stopper idea.
 
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