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    Posted: 15 Oct 18 at 2:59pm
What are the pitfalls of sailing a dayboat with its centreplate up (i.e. stuck up) . The boat is an 18ft seafarer dayboat, which appears to have a stuck centreplate. The previous owner says it sails fine as has a fair amount of ballast. My understanding was that the centreplate should always be down when sailing and raised for beaching or recovery.
I don't want to sail away from the berth if the cetreplate is required, but if the performance and sailing ability is not impacted too much, would like to get some sailing in before end of year.

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It will go downwind and maybe even (depending on design) crosswind just fine. getting upwind may be another matter. It all depends on what there is underwater without the board. Have you got an outboard to get you back to base?
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Well, the previous owner is partly telling the truth if it also has internal ballast - it's unlikely to capsize on you except in v strong winds.

However, if you want to sail to windward, then you are going to struggle. It needs fixing!
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Is the boat in the water? If not the pics of the hull should give is a few clues?

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Here is a pic of a similar boat, same model.
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Well, with a stub keel like that it ought to be capable enough crosswind and even make some ground upwind on what would really be a close reach. If I had to get home upwind against the tide in a narrow channel I think I'd need an outboard motor, or else anchor up and wait until the tide changed.
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Right, so it has a small keel as well as a C/B, so yes it should be able to sail reasonably upwind - though it will certainly perform significantly better if you can get the centreboard to work.

Do you know what the centreboard is made of? If it's heavy, cast iron, or similar, having it down will also improve the heeling stability, in addition to reducing upwind leeway.
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Think it is iron or steel, definitely ferrous as appear rusty at top of housing, even with all the grease.
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Can you get in to swing a hammer ? Presuming it uses a hoist to lift and its own weight to descend, probably corrosion got hold of it
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Only way to do that would be to have a long drift and use a hammer on that
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