Hi Telmegawatt wrote:Hi everyone,
there is an old fixed keeler, a Ross 780 mk1 circa1980 up for sale in my neighborhood.
my question is..
Has anyone had the experience of fitting a drop keel to one of these and pro's and cons
of opening up the transom and fitting a sugar scoop?
Its pretty beaten up but with a lot of work (and money) it could become great again.
Am I dreaming?
Please share your thoughts.
got your pm
There's nothing wrong with the idea of putting a centrecase and dagger keel into a fixed keel Ross, it's just a fair amount of work and ideally you need access to moulds, so I guess it would be a bit of a challenge to do it from scratch. Having said that, it could be done.
Opening the transom would similarly be easier if there was a mould, however it's not very hard to do it as a one off if you're handy with fibreglass, a diamond saw and a grinder. We did it to make the open transom version, which we then took a mould from to make the new version back many years ago.
I'm retired these days and flat out on a new project ( www.airwaveyachts.com.au ) so I wouldn't really be keen to saddle up and get into making new components for a project.
I hope you have success with it if you give it a go.