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    Posted: 16 Oct 18 at 3:31pm
If it is that corroded I'd certainly wait until she is out of the water in case the pivot bolt breaks when you hit it (unless you are on a drying mooring so you can recover it). When the time comes a bit of percussive engineering should solve the problem as long as he corrosion is not too bad . Rust expands the parent metal (which is why steel reinforced concrete splits when the rebar goes rusty) and if it's too far gone you might have a real mare getting it out.

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Thanks for the advice, especially comments after seeing the underwater profile of the boat. gives me confidence that should be ok for some sheltered sailing prior to taking her out of the water later and getting the centreplate fully operational
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pij27 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Oct 18 at 1:03pm
Only way to do that would be to have a long drift and use a hammer on that
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Oct 18 at 12:16pm
Can you get in to swing a hammer ? Presuming it uses a hoist to lift and its own weight to descend, probably corrosion got hold of it
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pij27 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Oct 18 at 11:21am
Think it is iron or steel, definitely ferrous as appear rusty at top of housing, even with all the grease.
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Right, so it has a small keel as well as a C/B, so yes it should be able to sail reasonably upwind - though it will certainly perform significantly better if you can get the centreboard to work.

Do you know what the centreboard is made of? If it's heavy, cast iron, or similar, having it down will also improve the heeling stability, in addition to reducing upwind leeway.
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Well, with a stub keel like that it ought to be capable enough crosswind and even make some ground upwind on what would really be a close reach. If I had to get home upwind against the tide in a narrow channel I think I'd need an outboard motor, or else anchor up and wait until the tide changed.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pij27 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Oct 18 at 10:39am
Here is a pic of a similar boat, same model.
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Is the boat in the water? If not the pics of the hull should give is a few clues?

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Well, the previous owner is partly telling the truth if it also has internal ballast - it's unlikely to capsize on you except in v strong winds.

However, if you want to sail to windward, then you are going to struggle. It needs fixing!
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