Center Board Penent:
We just pulled out of the water
our 1969 30' Morgan
. I have had the boat for 5 years and the center board has never been working and I am determined to rework the whole thing. Here is my problem.
It is not the original board, PO( how many PO back, I am not sure) made the board out of a ss 1/4" plate then used fiberglass
and resin to shape it into a center board. It is probably 2 to 3 time as heavy as the original all fiberglass
The original winch
, in my opinion is not strong enough to lift
the board so I am going to use a 12 volt linear actuator(surpluscenter.com) to raise and lower the board. It will pull 110# max. load capacity with 550# max. static capacity. I just bench tested the board and 70# will pull it up. All of this will fit high and dry below the main cabin sole
of the boat, also....
The ss penent with ss crimped on eyelets on both ends was rusted in two pieces. This along with 70# pulling on it at all time(more in rough seas) has me worried. I would also like to beef this up some, so....
I have heard of kevlar standing rigging
, I google
it but did not bring it up. This would take care of the cable rusting in two and should be stronger than ss cable.
Note: The cable is not always a straight pull. It fit into a 90 degree V slot on the top of the board when the board is down.
So what are your thought?
Where can someone get a 20" penent made up with kevlar with ss eyelets on both ends?
HAPPY NEW YEAR!