Center Board Adjustments

Hi All, I'm new to center board, day sailors and brand new to Flying Scot's. Read that the center board should be adjusted for different sailing conditions and was wondering if the Scot favores any specific adjustment over another? I sail out of Cleveland Harbor on Lake Erie and waves are a huge factor in the sail. On average, the wave height will be 1.5 to 2 feet. Not sure if that should be considered but there you have it anyway. All thoughts and comments are appreciated, Ron White FS5632 Ron D. White

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I'm in the same boat as you (but perhaps worse off having been a

I'm in the same boat as you (but perhaps worse off having been away from sailing for more than 10 years). I put the board down when I drop my mooring and leave it there until I return. When I'm fully familiar with the boat, I'll think about raising the board off the wind, etc. Now I'm just having fun and hoping that the pulsating fiberglass under my feet is as it should be.

Hum, pulsating fiberglass sounds a little worrisome.

Hum, pulsating fiberglass sounds a little worrisome. Reads like you're hitting the waves head on. I'll copy what I've read out of the Annapolis Book of Seamanship and email it to you if you're interested. The author gives three or four adjustments for basic conditions and points of sail. Partially or all the way up was one setting when sailing off the wind, as you have typed. Good luck! Ron
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[i]Originally posted by Elisily[/i] [br]I'm in the same boat as you (but perhaps worse off having been away from sailing for more than 10 years). I put the board down when I drop my mooring and leave it there until I return. When I'm fully familiar with the boat, I'll think about raising the board off the wind, etc. Now I'm just having fun and hoping that the pulsating fiberglass under my feet is as it should be.
Ron D. White

Pulsating fiberglass under your feet is an indication of CORE FA

Pulsating fiberglass under your feet is an indication of CORE FAILURE and should be corrected immediately!

I am relatively new to sailing the Scot.

I am relatively new to sailing the Scot. I am wondering given inland lake sailing where adjustments are made often, does anyone have recommendations re incrasing the purchase used for the centerboard. The board is not easy nor quick to change given pulling the sheet directly, that is, 1:1 purchase. Any advice? Frank

Well the actual purchase of the centerboard is 32:1, this is don

Well the actual purchase of the centerboard is 32:1, this is done with the size difference between the spool your line winds on and the size where the lifting wire winds. If it is very difficult to raise and lower you can do several things. 1. Try placing some sailkote or other dry lubricant between the tabernacle and the spool the line goes onto. Sometimes if you get a slight warp it can cause the spool to be difficult to raise and lower. 2. Make sure all the turning blocks in your system are working correctly. 3. I read about someone placing a disk between the spool and the tabernacle. The disk was made of plastic butter dish material. I would use some UHMW tape or similar to create a small space if needed.