RL24, RL28, and RL34 Trailable Yachts
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Replying to:rusted center board
How much will a rusted center board kill boat speed on an RL24? When I first got the boat last year, it seemed to glide through the water in almost wind. I had inspected the centerboard and at that time, there was maybe some rust stain, but still in good shape. I've had the boat out once this year, and I seemed to have dramatically lost boat speed. I feel like I'm dragging an anchor. The boat tops out at about 5 knots on a beam reach and barely hit 6 knots down wind in 20 knot winds. Last night i was looking through the center board slot to find a place to drop a cord through to connect up a speed censor. I noticed that the center board is now heavily pitted over most of the surface. Is that likely the source of my loss of boat speed? BTW: Why don't they build center board from stainless steel sheet metal and back fill them with lead? Seems like the cost would not be that much different, and it would be maintenance free.