Centerboard strength

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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.
 

Ed Jones

Secretary/Vice Commodore
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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
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
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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