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Subject: Re: Lifting Keel on 23ft Seamaster

David A Cooper (hopeful)
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Date Posted: 19:15:37 24/11/2012 Sat
In reply to: Richard Jones 's message, "Lifting Keel on 23ft Seamaster" on 21:46:18 19/10/2012 Fri

>Hi, have a 23ft seasmaster with lifting keel. On the
>water (river/mud) Keel is a little sticky. It is
>working and I can wind it in the up position, but not
>dropping under its own weight, needs persuading. Any
>help, don't want to take it out of water before I have
>one sail in her. Is it case that the mud isn't
>helping. Appreciate any ideas.


The sticking keel problem is quite widespread and depending on your locaation and berth the mud can cling to the keel very well .However there is a bung on top of the hoisting casing into which a high pressure hose could be a great way of flushing out the mud, as a lat resort then the bot needs lifting out and the keel sllot washed out with a high powered pressure washer and then the keel driven out with a long bronze rod thru the bung hole and force out with a large lump hammer. Sorry but this is bet for this problem.Another owner hd the same problem and has made a frame which fixes on the top plte of the hoidt compartment and using a metre long M12 threaded studding and a nut at the underside of the frame , by turning the nut clockwie the centreplate is forced downwards, not very convenient when sailing .

best I can offer you. david Cooper, tech sailing advisor , Seamaster club

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