replacing the centerboard gasket

Is there a link to photos of how the centerboard gasket is replaced? If not, could anyone post such photos here? Not having seen the bottom up close, I am not sure what to expect. Other than the gasket, will I need new screws or moldings? What is the best way to gain access to the gasket? Should I turn the boat upside down? Where and how? Thanks FSNewbie

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Thank you Andie.

Thank you Andie. I have the FS instructions but they are scanned from (apparently old) paper and lack detail for me to fully understand what to expect when I have the boat on its side. Will the screws be in good shape? Are they painted over? Will removing them cause any damage to the boat? Do I need new ones? What about the moldings? These are the questions I was hoping to answer by looking at photos in case someone posted them. Thanks again, FSNewbie

I used the existing screws and molding, following FS Inc directi

I used the existing screws and molding, following FS Inc directions. It is tedious, but easy. I use a "cabinet" blade screwdriver, which had a little finer tip, which seemed to fit the screws really well. Take your time. Mine were not painted, even though my boat had bottom paint when I got it, which I had removed earlier. I had the boat on its side, which puts the gasket at a little above waist level. I would not want to try it on the trailer. Phil Scheetz FS 4086

Phil Scheetz

FS 4086

Fleet 163, Nockamixon Sail Club

I did mine last year and had the boat on a lift.

I did mine last year and had the boat on a lift. NOT FUN. The idea of putting the boat on its side seems better though. It is easier on your back. Two sets of hands makes the work easier. M Jones FS 2450

The first time I did one, it was more of a learning lesson.

The first time I did one, it was more of a learning lesson. I was apprehensive on launching the boat on the grass. Having cushions around helped prevent scratches. The biggest mistake I made was that I pulled the boat over with the main halyard and a rope, however I did not know I was supposed to wrap the rope around the mast before pulling. It caused the wire halyard to look like a curled ribbon and wore a small groove in in the mast head near the sheave. No problems other than now I needed to replace the halyard. Another learning experience. The Scot is a tough overbuilt boat. Also remember that if you decide you want to look at the center board it will create more pull on the mast, you can do it to check and repair dings, however the 3 cinder blacks will not be enough. Consider using the trailer which by now should just be sitting there anyway. While you are at it find on these pages shimming the centerboard, not that you are going to do it now just that you can be familiar with the process and observe what you may do later. Dave

FYI.

FYI. Found this caution too: "Flying Scot Inc. now builds centerboard slots to a dimension that eliminates the need to shim. I am not sure what year that started. Perhps someone can fill us in?? One caution... If you have a rubber gasket and replace it with a sailcloth, make sure to use the shorter screws available from Flying Scot Inc. FSSA Forum editor" Dave [8D]

quote:[i]Originally posted by MrDave[/i] [br]FYI.

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[i]Originally posted by MrDave[/i] [br]FYI. Found this caution too: "Flying Scot Inc. now builds centerboard slots to a dimension that eliminates the need to shim. I am not sure what year that started. Perhps someone can fill us in?? One caution... If you have a rubber gasket and replace it with a sailcloth, make sure to use the shorter screws available from Flying Scot Inc. FSSA Forum editor" Dave [8D]
Scot Inc. FSSA Forum editor" Dave [8D] [/quote] Thanks a lot to all who responded. Dave,the FS manual says, if you had a rubber gasket, you need to drill the hole for the screws 1/8" deeper, but not to exceed 3/4" total depth. It does not mention shorter screws. Would it be because they introduced shorter screws later than the instruction was written? FSNewbie

Sorry do not know the answer it was someone else's post.

Sorry do not know the answer it was someone else's post.

Sorry do not know the answer it was someone else's post.

Sorry do not know the answer it was someone else's post.