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Preventing lifting soles boards from scratching surrounding vertical surfaces and jamming

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What is the issue?
Modern yachts tend to set lifting sole boards right up against vertical surfaces. In time these boards tend to swell and jam so they have to be yanked out. As this happens they strike and scratch the adjacent surfaces.

Why address this?
In addition to being frustrating this type of conspicuous wear will look poor and devalue the vessel.

How to address this?
Place a margin board around the lifting sole to reduce its size as presented in figure 1.

A slight bevel or taper around the edge of the lifting sole can prevent it from jamming as presented in figure 2.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.

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