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Anyone out there with experience of this craft?

I've recently bought one and been having issues with the keel raising mechanism.

Not sure if it's original but it sure is hard to lift.

Any comments/pictures/experiences/advice welcome.

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Friction in the blocks

I had the same problem. You need to wash and lubricate all the blocks. The top block on deck needs to be stripped and greased . Mine are all Ronstan ball bearing blocks, the deck block Lewmar. If you keep them lubricated should be able to raise the keel in one go. If it squeaks you need to lubricate. It makes a big difference. Change the bottom block every year and the rope if any sign of wear. If anything breaks with the locking bolt removed the keel will drop straight out the bottom and damage the keel box base. My blocks are close to the max working load so be careful when raising and lowering the keel.

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Friction in the blocks

I had the same problem. You need to wash and lubricate all the blocks. The top block on deck needs to be stripped and greased . Mine are all Ronstan ball bearing blocks, the deck block Lewmar. If you keep them lubricated should be able to raise the keel in one go. If it squeaks you need to lubricate. It makes a big difference. Change the bottom block every year and the rope if any sign of wear. If anything breaks with the locking bolt removed the keel will drop straight out the bottom and damage the keel box base. My blocks are close to the max working load so be careful when raising and lowering the keel.

Jesus! I wouldn't put up with that.

That's a buncha' bull............ :rolleyes:

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one sunk here in abu dhabi last year. never figured out why, it washed up on a rock wall and destroyed itself. so be careful.

Yep, that was the Dr. Yalla Yalla... We're still guessing what happened but think the porthole glued to the hull gave way, the rough January weather made the rest.

Other than that, the keel is heavy and a nightmare to lift, and the boat fantastic: well built, real dual purpose, and extremely fast downwind and reaching, although needs weight on the way up.

Congrats on your purchase, you will not regret it (they seem to get in demand those days)

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