Walker Bay 8 Steel Daggerboard
Category: Walker Bay 8, stability, retrofit, substitution, sailboat
Problem: Being tall, for me, the boat was very tender (tippy) and I wanted it to be more stable. Sailing performance took a back seat to stability for me.
Action: I purchased some 5/16 in steel plate wide enough to go through the daggerboard slot and be about the same length as the standard daggerboard, While the standard daggerboard weighed practically nothing, the steel plate weighed about 22 lbs. I did not try to shape it other than drill a hole in the middle of it so a pin could be placed in the hole and the board would not protrude below the bottom. I also drilled a hole in the middle of the metal about 1/3 inch down to insert a bolt for a hand grip.
Result: It worked pretty well. the boat was much more stable. However lifting the steel board out of the boat was a bit awkward.
When idea was conceived: 2013
How much time it took to develop:3 hours
How much money it took to develop: $60 for the steel
Current status: Sold the boat but have the steel daggerboard
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