Refinish Centerboard Cap

I will probably be refinishing the mohogany centerboard cap soon because it looks a little damaged surface wise. Do you remove it and how...haven't even studied it yet to see what screw botls are involved? Also I guess just sanding it and using the same captains spar varnish will be fine...or not? Thanks for the help.

The main sheet swivel has to be dismantled to get access to the machine screws holding it to the cap (after you remove the cap from the trunk). This is a good time to file off the stops on the base that limit the swivel. I wanted mine to swivel 360. If you leave them on, be sure to get them oriented correctly when reassembling the swivel. Hint: use two or three cable ties to compress the stand-up spring then cut them after you reassemble.

Bob New
FS 5143
Merritt Island Florida
Fleet Captain Fleet 179

Thank you for the really good advice...things I would not have noticed or thought about otherwise. The 3rd coat of varnish is trying good and hard (2 days) so I will be reassemblying it this weekend.

RE: filing the main sheet swivel to make a 360. I think it is illeagal to have more than one 360 degree cleat if you race. If you have a 360 on your centerboard, then you should not modify the main sheet cleat.

Isn't that right?[V][?]

Measurer's rulings and Handbook state "only one 360 swivel similar in design to the Waco 360 may be used in the boat." There has never been an issue with 360 on the mainsheet block as far as I know.

Bob New
FS 5143
Merritt Island Florida
Fleet Captain Fleet 179

Why would you want the mainsheet block to swivel 360 degrees? Sounds like a recipe for a well-tangled mainsheet tail.

Jay Lott
FS 5698