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Swing keel to swing no more
Posts : 112
Sailboat : CM 26
Birthday : 1952-03-16
Join date : 2013-01-25
Age : 67
Job/hobbies : Telecommunications/Security/IT - Hobby Music
|Subject: Swing keel to swing no more Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:00 pm|| |
Well, for Fathers Day I was able to talk the four kids and better half to go sailing the Chesapeake Bay on Sunday. After backing the trailer into the launch ramp I found that the boat didn't want to leave the comforts of the trailer.
Upon pulling the trailer back off the ramp I found that the swing keel had broken off about 4 inches from the pivot bolt ending it's swinging lifestyle.
My question to the braintrust contained within this forum of folks who know much more than myself is: How will the boat handle without the swing keel?? To be honest, I never lowered the keel anyway. I am only an occasional sailor (too many other things going on in my life at the moment) and don't do any high wind days.
We did take the boat out after losing the hunk of cast iron and the boat seemed to do well both under sail and on the outboard. Will it affect the stability ? What do you all think???
Posts : 8
Sailboat : cm21
Join date : 2013-09-21
|Subject: Re: Swing keel to swing no more Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:30 am|| |
I can't imagine you were able to sail without the keel and can't imagine how that much iron rusted into, but I guess it did. It really isn't safe to sail without it. I have had my 21 gunels in the water and am sure any crazy stuff would not be possible without the keel down. That is your ballast and weighs half the weight of the boat.
don't know if you could make one or not. The dimensions are in the drawings.
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Sailboat : cm26
Join date : 2014-06-01
|Subject: Re: Swing keel to swing no more Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:26 pm|| |
Good evening, as a new member to this site and new owner of a 1974 clipper 26 with swing keel
my question is how hard and often does the cable need to be replace?,the young man I purchased
this boat from said he just swims under the boat pulls off some kind of attachment and pulls the other cable though.At 59 iam not sure I could hold my breath that long.Any assistance on this would be great.
Posts : 113
Sailboat : Clipper
Birthday : 1959-02-21
Join date : 2012-06-14
Age : 60
|Subject: Re: Swing keel to swing no more Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:05 pm|| |
The answer to the above question is not cut and dried. It depends on your time in the water, stresses you put on the cable, if the pulley system is running freely and if you secure the second bolt in the keel or depend on the cable to damp the movement of the keel. Every two years would surely be a safe interval for absolute peace of mind, with a yearly check on the keel fasters.
For an answer on how to check it out of the water check out https://clippermarine.forumotion.com/t575-keel-upgrades
Posts : 149
Sailboat : CM 26
Join date : 2012-08-09
|Subject: Re: Swing keel to swing no more Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:31 pm|| |
TSL...Your keel creates lift under the water like the sail does above water. So it will greatly affect your sailing performance and the loss of ballast will make sailing dangerous as the boat will not be able to right itself and will easily capsize.
Mckinney...I replace my cable every two to three years but that is largely due to my not having a locking bolt for the keel so my keel swings a bit in choppy condition and snaps my cable.
Here is a great page from a guy who makes working on the trailer easy.
|Subject: Re: Swing keel to swing no more || |
Swing keel to swing no more