Chessie flyer centerboard pin

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Alf B
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Chessie flyer centerboard pin

Post by Alf B » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:26 pm

Hello,

I started building the Chessie Flyer last month. Frames are mounted on the building frame, stem & sternpost with breast hooks made, and now working on the centerboard trunk and keel. Never having had a centerboarder before, I am curious about the plan specifying a "standard steel" pin. I know some old-timers that claim black iron will outlast galvanized, as well as stainless, in a continuously submerged salt water situation. With the board being sheet steel, I can see that a bronze pin might be a galvanic problem. I would love to hear from anyone that has direct experience with this, and how it worked out over time.
Thanks,
-Alf

GL3z
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Re: Chessie flyer centerboard pin

Post by GL3z » Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:00 am

any updates?

Alf B
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Re: Chessie flyer centerboard pin

Post by Alf B » Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:29 pm

Hi GL3z,

The Chessie Flyer is well under way. I have pictures that I will upload to a new blog as soon as I can get around to it.

mrfixit
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Re: Chessie flyer centerboard pin

Post by mrfixit » Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:22 am

Hi,

I spent some time thinking about this... I am interested in building the Chessie Flyer and have the study prints (have not yet bought the full set).

If you are really concerned about galvanic corrosion, you might use a bronze pin and a sleeve of nylon or other durable polymer to electrically isolate the pin and the steel centerboard. That seems practical if the hole in the centerboard can be made a bit oversize. Like so many ideas it is easier to suggest than to execute.

Otherwise a steel pin is probably the best bet in my mind. The steel pin specified should have a significant corrosion allowance. If it was stainless, the stainless will either be in a passive state (has a very thin coating of oxide) or it will be active (unable to create a coating of oxide, often the case when oxygen is excluded). If it is passive, it will be more noble and tend to cause galvanic corrosion. If is is active, galvanic corrosion is less of an issue but it corrodes like regular steel.

Let us know what you decide!

Bob

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