09/17/2012 1:18 PM Pacific Time Our keel used to clunk and rattle all the time - whether up, down, sailing or still. Last year, we faired the keel, replaced the hangers and added the spacers. The pin and hole/bushing were ok. Now the keel is solid when lowered but still clunks a bit when raised. Manually shaking the keel side to side yields an inch of play. We sleep on board every night when anchored. It's often too shallow to lower the keel so we listen to the clunking with each wave and wind change. It's quite annoying.
We're considering building stabilizers that would gently hold/grasp the keel when raised. Imagine something similar in shape to cove molding. A 3 foot length attached to the hull aligned with the keel trunk on each side between the keel pin and the cable attachment point. It would have to be 4 or 5 inches deep and just snug enough to steady the keel. Possibly made out of plastic or a glassed wood core.
Considering its narrow longitudinal profile it probably wouldn't affect speed much. But it might it might hamper turning/tacking.
Any thoughts on this idea?
Bilbo Youngstown, Ohio
Boat Name: Sea Dog
Model/Year: Catalina 22 1987
Hull No. 13971
Hailing Port: Andover, Ohio
10/11/2012 10:42 AM Pacific Time Hi, I have been using a fairly hard solid rubber ball on my keel cable. I find them at dollar stores sometimes in the toy or dog toys section. The ball is kinda like a hard ball but made of pretty dense rubber and is about 2 inches in diameter. I drill a 1/4" hole through it and run the cable through that. The ball gets jammed up in the hull keel slot and helps to buffer or cushion that side play when the keel is up. After a year or two, the hole gets enlarged a bit and the ball gets old and ineffective. It can easily be replaced. It most likely doesn't interfere with the smoothness of the hull or the lifting hardware. It only costs a dollar or two and a few minutes of installation time to try.
Peter South Daytona, Florida
Boat Name: (Working On A Name)
Model/Year: C-22, 1974
Hull No. 2679
Hailing Port: South Daytona, Florida
10/11/2012 4:33 PM Pacific Time Have you considered adding a second set of spacers about 90 degrees to the other set? That way they are in about the same position as the first set (when the keel is down). This should keep the keel from rocking when it is in the up position.