Just taken my Sonata off Lake Coniston for the Winter and for some reason, the lifting keel has got stuck, it only comes up a certain amount leaving slack in the lifting rope and the boat sitting badly on the trailer
She dropped her mooring and had to be rescued off the shoreline a couple of weeks ago so possibly the keel was bent then and wont go fully back into it’s housing but any ideas much appreciated!
Thanks in advance
You probably got this sorted some time ago, and I’m no expert. Is it possible that stones or stick have become wedged in the slot? I’b be suprised if there is much flex in the lift keel, my understanding is they are cast. Mine is stuck in the up position and will not lower (probably barnacles or weed), will probably require handing cash to the boat yard to lift her out, ‘force’ it down and sort out. The ability to dry out seemed a good idea at the time I bought the boat
Just to add that February 2011’s Practical Boat Owner has some stuff on centreplates and swing keels (pages 68 through 70)that might be of interest to those of us who don’t have the fixed keel. [it also makes mentions of Sonatas in a more general context on pages 28 & 29]