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Status 580 Centre Board Lifting Arrangement
Hi, I recently purchased a Status 580, No. 17 (Blue Streak). After I laminated in a new mast support into the hull to replace the rotten plywood support and replacing the aft drain holes and some rotten wood in the transom that holds the lower rudder gudgen, I decided to go for a sail.

An excellent first sail in my new boat but when I came to raise the centre board I couldn’t raise it fully up, only to about 45 degrees, if that. I finally got the centre board up by using the beach as I came ashore.

I was not sure if the pivot hole in the centre board was corroded or what. I removed the centre board and found the stainless steel pivot pin was bent and the sleeve was also bent and corroded. I have since replaced the pivot bolt with a new one and a friend repaired the sleeve and now the centre board is back in.

My concern is that with the weight of the centre board will my centre board lifting arrangement be enough to raise it. I have a 2-1 wire pulley arrangement at the front of the centre board case connected to a 6-1 rope pulley system at the side of the centre board case aft. Is this a standard arrangement and will it be adequate to raise my board?

Thanks, Paul

Paul Dewick 23-Feb-2013    Edit    Delete 
Re: Status 580 Centre Board Lifting Arrangement
Hi Paul, Status 580 is a fantastic boat but both the boats I use with my school came with a difficult centre board lifting arrangement that sounds similar to yours. Sail #12 had a 2:1 wire leading foward to a 4:1 rope that cleats at the aft end of the c/board case. This arrangement was 'very stressful' to use to the point where you only wanted to lift it once during a sail. #65 had the same set up as #12. We experimented with a 6:1 rope with little gain (I think it was due to rope friction). After much discussion with Rob Legg, I have recently installed a 3:1 braked winch on the forward side of the mast step linked with the 2:1 wire from the c/board. We recently tested this setup with my lightest, female sailor (approx 45 kgs). She can, with not a lot of exertion, raise or lower the board with approximately 25 turns of the handle (round about 10 seconds). The compromise with this system is that you can't reach the winch from the helm position (difficult for single handing) but I am sure that a braked winch could work very effectively if it was mounted at the aft end of the centreboard case. We decided not to do this as a safety issue for beginner sailors. Hope this helps in some way. If you want more info/picks please email me. Regards Geoff
Geoff Watson 25-Feb-2013    Edit    Delete 

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