Converting to centreboard

I'm just in the process of converting Red Kite from daggerboard to centreboard. Why, I hear you ask! I sail a lot in very shallow waters and I kept on hitting the daggerboard against underwater obstructions. The last time, I managed to split the daggerboard case open, so I had to remove it. I thought about converting Red Kite to centreboard, but had no idea where to start. I watched David Sumner's excellent YouTube videos (search YouTube for Mirror Cruising) and noticed that he had converted his Mirror. I wrote to him and he very kindly sent me some plans showing how he did it. I will try to post some photos here if I am allowed to, showing the different stages. At the same time I decided to replace the tape on the outside of the hull. I was shocked how easily it came away in my hand! I will try to post some photos and comments asap. I would love to hear from anyone who has undertaken this before.
Best wishes,
John Booth
Red Kite 53814

Hi John,

How did your conversion go?

Regards,
Paul.

Red Kite's picture

Hi Paul, sorry for the delay in this response. I've just seen your post. It went fine. Red Kite is back on the water and sails well. My initial concern was that, given the centreboard is 5mm narrower than the slot, the board might slip down in use. In practice that hasn't happened. Given that we are now under lock-down in the UK, I am going to have a second go at putting my photos and some text about the project on this forum. Not sure how long that will take but, hey, what else am I doing apart from painting the garden fence?? Best wishes

Hi John,

I look forward to seeing the pics.

Regards,
Paul.