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thanks again everyone. wash, shave and silicone worked a treat. Now have a daggerboard that works!
(Yes I know!!!!)
Thanks for all the advice.
Despite sanding board down yesterday, just as bad today.
Shall try washing with soapy water and shaving next week, before Warsash.
Ooohhhh...that sounds painful!
I found that my fur had partially come unstuck and folded double. This caused stiff action when raising and lowering. Trimming the fur back sorted it. No problem since then.
Have you tried shaving (literally) the fur?
I shall certainly give the carpet a good wash.
It has been an issue from day one of receipt of the refurb'ed boat from RS. And I believe from various sources that there was a batch or more of overly think dagger boards.No replacement forthcoming despite request.
There is a noticeable increase in profile thickness at the heel of the board, which is where it appears to stick.
Anyway, I've done some sanding, and cutting to get back to smooth and hopefully this will help.
I had the same problem until a few weeks ago when I followed advice from this site and others....I gave it a thorough cleaning and a polish. I also gave the the bit of fur at the bottom of the casing a good wash with clean water to remove years of salt build-up.
The improvement is amazing and now I lift it (one-handed of course) to check for weed whereas before I only lifted it when I knew I was slowing down. And,as you have experienced, coming ashore is far more elegant.
Getting really tired of the battle I have with my daggerboard every time I go sailing.
The shark's teeth edge being a testament to our launching area and not being able to move the thing without standing up and pulling with all my strength.
I'm about to sand down the thickest parts. Any advice from anyone. i.e. how far can I go before damaging the gel coat?