Whilst sailing this past weekend I made the unpleasant discovery that the centreboard refused to be lowered. In the thirteen years since Bluster was launched I have never experienced this. No amount of poking or wiggling from about could convince it to cooperate.
Back on the trailer I took a look and could see a couple of cm of the trailing edge of the centreboard protruding – normal it would be tucked up inside the case out of sight.
This looks like this is a job to be tackled from below.
There is a surprising amount of information on the Internet pertaining to jammed centreboards and how to approach the problem. When inserting the centreboard during the build I was fortunate to have at my disposal a couple of air hoists and slings which made this a pretty easy operation. Without access to a lift I will apply some creative thinking to this.
|X-Ray of the patient|
Please stay tuned…