Adelie, Thanks for stepping up. I'm juggling too many projects as it is, & me helping one of my mates find a boat's a bit of a drain. Albeit, for one's mates, for me at least, there isn't much I wouldn't do.
Anyway, I think I know the boat which you're talking about with the jigsaw puzzle transmission
, though I haven't seen it live. What kind of shape was she in otherwise?
On the mast beam issue, thanks for the heads up. It was one of the things which I turned up early on when I was doing some homework on Cals. Evidently it's an issue in the 40's, & some others as well. Though for boats that old it's kind of hard to fault them, especially given that from what I can tell, relative to other makes, a LOT of their owners race
them extensively. And even had they made the beams out of stainless, after 40yrs a lot of them would be suspect... just look at your average 304/306 chain plate
of that vintage.
As to their keels. I haven't looked at the boat in question, or spoken to the owner as yet. However, in the factory literature for this model, it's plainly stated that the keel's a bolt on external casting.
The masts are deck
stepped which is a BIG help in terms of keep Neptune outside. But these boats are definitely pre dripless packing, that, & hey, it's a boat, so keeping the bilges dusty is nigh on impossible. So if they lack a sump, it's both a lot harder to keep everything inside, dry, & to have s spot to mount a pump which will be up to the task of dealing with things properly.
The owner of the one with the transmission
in pieces was/is a fanatical racer
, & went so far as to install lexan
floor boards so that they could spot & sponge out any water
, to keep her as light as possible when racing
. Never did get to asking him if he had a bilge sump though.