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Old 06-02-2012, 10:49   #1
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Help Removing Centerboard Fantasia 27

I'd like to help a buddy remove his centerboard from its stub keel on his Fantasia 27.
We'd like to remove the board and do some well needed service on it and its lift mechanism.
The boat is out of the water, the lift mechanism is housed in an chase of sorts in the cabin.
There are two square holes on either side of the stub keel at the pivot point of the centerboard...they look to be about an inch and a half square and ar at present filled with filler.
I'm guessing that when the filler is removed we'll find a drift pin or bolt of some description.
Just looking for some advice / hints before tearing into this.
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Old 06-02-2012, 22:01   #2
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Re: Help Removing Centerboard Fantasia 27

Sooooo no one out there removed a centerboard from a stub keel??
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Re: Help Removing Centerboard Fantasia 27

I have one of these beasts too, 1990 model. 23 years of salt water is unforgiving.

If you dig out the filler, you will find a bolt and washer threaded into each end of the centerboard pin that holds it in place. If you are lucky, we were not, you can use a punch to push it through to the other side. Make sure that you run a line over the top of the boat, or prop up from underneath, the centerboard so it doesn't clobber you.

What we found was that the pin had fused itself to the keel and no amount of pounding, and boy did we try, was going to liberate that pin.

We wound up drilling all the way through...if that happens to you...that is some tough sledding.

We used the old centerboard as a template and fabricated a new one from 1/2" 314 stainless because we never wanted to do that job again.

We are on the lower Chesapeake and it's a great boat for that area.
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