Centerboard Issue - Metal Piece bent


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It was blowing on Sunday. When I got back to port I could not raise may centerboard. It appears the metal "bracket" bent so it was in the way and would shave off gelcoat when I tried to raise. I got her up after unscrewing the 4 bolts on top of the metal piece. Any ideas on how to fix this issue? Thanks
Remove the steel cheek plates and center board assembly. Straighten the plates (vice & hammer).
Replace the board and plates assembly and make sure that the 4 screws are tightened and maintained tight.
When the screws work loose, the plates tend to get bent out of shape and the board will jam in the slot.
Cheers, RRE