Centerboard removal?

Is it possible to remove the center board with the boat on the trailer? I need to repair a little damage to the bottom of the centerboard and wanted to do it out of the boat if possible. Thanks!

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If your trailer has center rollers, it would be pretty difficult

If your trailer has center rollers, it would be pretty difficult to remove the centerboard with the boat on the trailer. The easiest way is to just go for a sail. When you get back to the ramp, remove the centerboard before you put the boat onto the trailer. It's really easy to remove the centerboard when the boat is in the water. Having someone else to help is advisable. The board weighs around 105 pounds. Good luck, Greg Flying Scot #1087 Huntsville AL

Isn't the FS very top-heavy without the cb in place? I would dou

Isn't the FS very top-heavy without the cb in place? I would double check this before trying to hoist it without the cb.

There's no hoist at the ramp where I launch my boat, so I can't

There's no hoist at the ramp where I launch my boat, so I can't say whether it's a problem under those circumstances. I have to use the ol' "back the trailer into the water" technique. Greg Flying Scot #1087 Huntsville AL

Greg, Thanks, I found in the archives a couple of ways people

Greg, Thanks, I found in the archives a couple of ways people have pulled the board on the trailer. I'll try them first and if I can't make that work I'll put it in the water to get the board out. In the water I assume if you pull the roller bolt the board pretty much just drops out? Thanks, Shawn

When I remove my centerboard, I lowere it with the boat in the w

When I remove my centerboard, I lowere it with the boat in the water, disconnect the cable that raises the centerboard, and then lift the board straight up out of the trunk. When it is high enough to clear the trunk, a helper puts a cushion under the centerboard and I rest it there. Then the helper helps me lift the centerboard onto one of the seats. It's about a five minute job. I secure the centerboard to the seat, put the boat on the trailer and take it home for whatever I'm going to do to it. Putting it back in the reverse of the removal process. Good luck, Greg Flying Scot #1087 Huntsville AL