Re: Keel Trunks Redux And Centerboard Cables

Ted Duke (tduke@rockbridge.net)
Sun, 19 Dec 1999 09:33:27 -0500


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West Wight Potter Website at URL
http://www.lesbois.com/wwpotter/
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Judy,

My 1990 P19 has damage to the top forwad edge of the
centerboard trunk where previous owner must have run
aground. I ran aground and might have added to the damage.
It's not bad enough to worry about.

Andy,

I have changed to light line for keel lift. Previously
posted here twice, so will forward to you directly. I think
it's a big improvement.

Ted Duke
WWPs19 #626 The Duchess
Mountains of Virginia

Krumpe, Andrew wrote:
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> West Wight Potter Website at URL
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> Judy,
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> I must be the 3rd person to damage the centerboard trunk in all of
> Potterdom. I described it on the list last year, but I'll briefly review it
> here. I hit a submerged rock with the bottom of the centerboard, bringing
> the boat to a complete and abrupt stop. I know this because the front
> lockdown bolt acted as a pivot, causing the rear bolt (stainless steel) to
> push up through the fiberglass. I have a 1995 P19, and the fiberglass there
> is more lie "-5/8" thick. However, the bolt came completely out through the
> top of the trunk making quite a mess of the fiberglass. The fiberglass
> centerboard cap was ruined, and when the centerboard could pivot no more,
> the front bolt came out through the fiberglass too. The centerboard hit the
> back of the trunk at the keel, but the repair yard inspected it and could
> find no damage - a good show of hull strength in critical areas.
>
> The repairs included repairing the trunk (you know, hoisting the boat in
> order to drop the centerboard), making and installing a new cap (out of
> TEAK!!!), and reterminating the cable. We paid a deductible, but insurance
> paid the rest. The bill was pretty high, giving me another reason to
> navigate more diligently, but they did an excellent job.
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> Now, I've got a new question. Do you know of anyone who has done one or both
> of the following modifications:
> 1. Replaced the centerboard cable with small diameter, low stretch
> line, or
> 2. Installed a quick-release mechanism on the centerboard cap so that
> the cable (or line) can be swung up out of the way once the centerboard is
> locked in the down position.
> I think that if this were done it would open up the cabin tremendously. We
> spent 5 night on the boat on Block Island last summer (me, wife, 6-year old
> son), and getting those cables out of the way would be a big improvement.
> Thanks.
>
> Andy Krumpe
> P19 Great Wight
> Seacoast of New Hampshire
> Current weather conditions: Dark
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> Judy B. wrote:
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> Mac et al,
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> I'm curious about how your keel locks down. I'm one of four people
> (including you) that I know of who have damaged their P19 keel trunk...
>