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Pearson 39-2 CB loose?

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  1. Foxie

    Foxie

    Joined Jul 11, 2018
    6 posts, 1 likes
    Pearson 39-2
    Foxie Us Beverly, MA
    I just joined this forum so hello everyone, last spring I bought hull #4 a 1987 39-2 inMd and brought her up to Ma and have been very happy with the boat. The one possible problem that I have (and I’m not sure it’s a problem) is that the center board has a fair amount of play in the hinge. Sailing or motoring in a side sea and some other times we get a clunk from the board banging against one side or the other of the trunk. Besides the annoyance is this an issue? Do I need to drop the board and replace a bushing or something? Possibly repair the top of the board somehow? How urgent is this if it’s a problem, I have noticed it since the delivery so I assume it’s been an issue for a while. Thanks.
     


  2. NYSail

    NYSail

    Joined Jan 6, 2006
    1,729 posts, 81 likes
    Beneteau 423
    US Mt. Sinai, NY
    My previous boat was a 36-2 with centerboard and we loved it. Board was in good shape with minimal play..... no clunking in the trunk. However had a friend who had a 39-2 and did have issues with his. He ended up digging the board pin out , removing in then added fabricated washers to the inside to take up the slack.... improved greatly and not too big of a job for him to tackle on his own. If you can get the yard to hang your boat high enough to get under there and look up where the pin is you will see.... great boats!

    Good luck!

    Greg
     


  3. Foxie

    Foxie

    Joined Jul 11, 2018
    6 posts, 1 likes
    Pearson 39-2
    Foxie Us Beverly, MA
    Thanks Greg, I know where the pin is I’ll check it out in the fall.

    We are enjoying her, currently onboard for week 1 of two south of Cape Cod.
     


  4. NYSail

    NYSail

    Joined Jan 6, 2006
    1,729 posts, 81 likes
    Beneteau 423
    US Mt. Sinai, NY
    I was just finishing up my block island 2.5 weeks..... how was the fog?? I’m sure the boat performed wonderfully!
     


  5. Foxie

    Foxie

    Joined Jul 11, 2018
    6 posts, 1 likes
    Pearson 39-2
    Foxie Us Beverly, MA
    We had a great trip, only saw fog 2 travel days, wasn’t too thick crossing Buzzards Bay early in the trip and was super thick leaving the canal on our last day.

    Only problem was a leaking hot water tank fitting which I couldn’t completely fix but managed to slow down significantly so we were able to make due.

    We ran into the original owners of our boat on the water barge in Edgartown, talk about a small world. He mentioned his previous boat was a P39-2 which he had sold to friends in Md, I remembered the previous owner telling me he had bought it from friends in Ny and told him he was looking at his old boat!
     


  6. Pearson 39-II

    Pearson 39-II

    Joined Aug 4, 2018
    24 posts, 8 likes
    Pearson Yachts 39-II
    Scotch Bonnet US Punta Gorda, FL
    I've sailed my 1987 Pearson 39-2 , Hull #21, for over 25 years - never experienced the centerboard issue you describe. I've only ever replaced the pennant - twice, I think
     


  7. Foxie

    Foxie

    Joined Jul 11, 2018
    6 posts, 1 likes
    Pearson 39-2
    Foxie Us Beverly, MA
    Good to know, thanks. Just yesterday I listened to it clunk around as we rolled over some powerboat waves.
     


  8. Pearson 39-II

    Pearson 39-II

    Joined Aug 4, 2018
    24 posts, 8 likes
    Pearson Yachts 39-II
    Scotch Bonnet US Punta Gorda, FL
    Foxy, as we surveyed my 39-2 for purchase in 1992 in Gulfport, MS we turned up serious corrosion to the keel attachment. Many of the 1"-8 stainless nuts and the threads of the bolts/studs cast into the lead keel were crumbled to dust. Root cause: bad owner-installed electrical problems crossing the shore power AC system into the DC/engine/bonding systems. Upon haul-out the surveyor speculated the keel, though not clunking around, may have at that point been attached by the marine adhesive/sealant bond with the keel stub more than by its bolts. I'm not sure how you've validated your hypothesis that it's the just centerboard moving when you roll and I hope you are right, but I humbly recommend you:
    a. Schedule at least a short-haulout really soon at a good boatyard for such repairs. Hopefully only replacing centerboard parts but maybe more.
    b. Get your hands & eyes on the keel bolts/nuts that you can easily access in the engine comp't and the various cabin sole access panels. Are your bilges staying dry as mine are?
    c. Choose your weather for passage making extra conservatively and do not drop the centerboard until you can haul out and inspect. She'll sail to windward pretty well board up.
     


  9. Foxie

    Foxie

    Joined Jul 11, 2018
    6 posts, 1 likes
    Pearson 39-2
    Foxie Us Beverly, MA
    Thanks for the reply. I have visually checked the keel bolts and my surveyor did as well last year when I bought her. The center board is loose to the touch, when I hauled out last fall I lowered the board and was able to move it easily both twisting and side to side. I assumed this was a problem but had someone I respect tell me it was supposed to move a bit. Decided to do more research on the subject and work on it this winter if I found it to be a problem.

    I’ll certainly have someone check the keel bolts again but I don’t think that’s an issue. Yes my bilge stays mostly dry, only need to pump it after a good rain.
     


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