Centerboard strength

Discussion in 'Capri/Catalina 14 Talk' started by Art Porter, Feb 12, 2004.

  1. Art Porter

    Art Porter New Member

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    I just enjoyed Ed's article in the Main Sheet about Heavy Weather Sailing. He made several good points that were new to me.
    I would like to add one word of caution about loading the center-board when capsized. I have had to right my Model 2 several times. The model 2 center-board is made from foam. It bends like a bow before I get all my 180 pounds half way out on the board. I have a sneaking suspision that I would hear a loud snap it I put my full 180 on the end of the board. I have been able to right the boat without braking the board but I use restraint.
    Has anyone had one brake?
    I understand that the model 3 center-boards are made from fiberglass and are much stronger.
     
  2. Ed Jones

    Ed Jones Secretary/Vice Commodore Staff Member

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    You're right about the old boards with the foam centers. I'd be very careful about putting a lot of weight on one of those. Another disadvantage of the foam boards is that they flutter on a reach. Very annoying, and it also slows you down. The solid boards used on the Mod 3s are much stronger and don't flutter.

    I have a solid Mod 3 C/B for sale, if anyone is interested. It fits any Capri 14.2 built before 1995. I'm selling it for about half the price of a new one. I have an ad in the classified section, but no takers so far. Maybe I should post it again...

    Thanks for the kind words about my article.
     
  3. paulsheller

    paulsheller Administrator Staff Member

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    It wasn't the subject of this thread, but I too would like to thank you for the article, Ed. You have a great writing style that is run to read.

    Paul
     
  4. Jimbot

    Jimbot New Member

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    Centerboard for sale.

    Ed,

    I'm very interested in your centerboard. How much do you want for it, and do you have any idea how much it weighs?
     

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