Sailing Performance Enhancement
- I'm thinking primarily about Chris's modified centerboard raising
system. There seems to be a fair amount of interest by 26M owners in
adding some lead to the bottom of their daggerboards for improved
stability, and at least one 26X owner added lead to his centerboard.
To get the centerboard to work properly he had to reinforce the pivot
point and add some turning blocks in the centerboard trunk. But with
an arrangement like what Chris has this would be unnecessary. Still
might want to reinforce the pivot point however.
Everyone that has added some lead down low seems to think it has been
Maybe adding somewhere between 50 and 100 hundred pounds of lead shot
held in place with some resin in the bottom end of the centerboard
would add to the stability of an M19 enough that along with some
weight low and in the bow would make sailing in light air without
water ballast a more viable option and add to the stability even more
when the water ballast tank was full.
I don't think adding weight to the centerboard would be a good idea
without also changing the way the centerboard is raised and lowered.
It would put too much strain on the existing mechanism I think.