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19th June 2007, 04:04 AM
Just bought a new Phantom 301 as a light wind board (I am of intermediate level) - got it home today -tried putting the centre-board up and down - seams incredible hard - I can't quite imagine being able to use my foot to get it up and down whilst sailing - will this ease over time? or I am doing something wrong!
25th June 2007, 06:38 AM
I also have a new Phantom 301, having only just started to use it, i went out this past weekend and paid attention to the daggerboard's action. It operates very easily with my feet. Having said that I did notice something that you might have experienced. while sailing, if I retract the daggerboard but not fully, with the handle a couple of inches from its front posistion and then try to put the dagger back down it can't be done by my foot. back on shore i looked into it further and believe it might have to do with the flaps on the boards bottom, reversing the direction of the daggerboard without fully completeing its travel causes it to bind. So in final I have to say that it works great and is no problem using it with feet. Also let me know what you think of your board. there's not much talk about them. I love mine,enjoy!
25th June 2007, 07:49 AM
Gary's suggestion is right on.
Another trick I've used is to rub a bar of bath soap along the lips of the gasket and on the areas of the centerboard that must slip through the gasket.
This seems to make the CB much easier to operate.
They never work easily with the heavy brown gasket when the CB and the gasket are dry.
Make sure you retract the CB fully as Gary suggests or the gasket will "grab" the CB blade near the back and won't let go until you get the blade fully up and the lips on the gasket are allowed to return to flat.
Hope this helps,
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