Ahoy mates, I'm new to the forum, but been enjoying boating and life on the water for years. I've got a 2003 Sea Ray 182 bowrider for skiing, a canoe and kayak for chilling. I recently bought a little 14 foot Monark M-1 sailboat at a price that was almost a giveaway. It's in decent sailing condition, but one thing is worrying. The boat's got two retractable centerboards that aren't removable (or if they are I don't know how to do it!). They are positioned up under the hull, and ropes come up through the hull so that you can pull one end of the rope and a board will lower, pull the other end and the board raises. These ropes are severely frayed, and I'm fearful that they will break soon and I'll be stuck with a centerboard that I can't raise. Anyone have experience with replacing these ropes or removing these centerboards?