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Dropping the keel out isn't easy, especially if you're on a trailer. I managed it last year. I'd recovered the boat so it wasn't central on the trailer, and far enough back for the keel to miss the trailer's crossbeam. So, after removing the trailer axle, I jacked the whole lot up about 1m with the trailer on breeze blocks, then dug a hole underneath the keel. After removing the nylon keel slides and rollers (through the inspection hatches), the keel did drop out. Getting it back in wasn't easy either - it's pretty heavy. So I won't do that again in a hurry!
An easier way would be to crane the boat up, leaving the keel behind!
It’s not perfect, because the lower bolt of the block is bolted through the eyebold so it’s impossible to control the condition of the eyebold without removing the block.
I think Parker made it that way because otherwise the keel would stand out of the bottom.
I removed my block last year and the eyebold wasn’t in good condition.
I removed the eyebold and replaced it with two plates of 3mm 316th which are bolted to the keel through the hole your silver rope is going through, because the old block on the eyebold twisted a lot by holding up the keel. Now there is no movement any more. The lower bold of my new block is bolted through the 316th plates too.
We did it through the inspection cover but with a crane, because the inspection cover is to low to make it on the trailer while the keel is up, so we had to lower the keel for about 20cm.
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