Originally Posted by Brit Horn
I just bought my dream boat Belize 43
and have the exact same issue. The loose keel actually fell out after a couple days in the boatyard. I'm planning to head
back to South Carolina soon and will probably re-attach it myself. Any ideas on approximately how many tubes of Sika 292 I will be using and where to apply the adhesive
. I'm guessing about three fat 3/8 - 1/2" beads per side of keel from top edge to midway and bottom edge. Then a final smooth bead to hull
radius after install. 4 - 6 tubes?
Brit Horn First of all congratulations on your purchase
of the Belize
43. I hope your dream boat provides many years of safe and happy sailing.
Although a keel dropping out on the hardstand
would be a bit of a surprise start for anyone. Better it happened then and there than out in the deep blue.
I think the reply from Lucky has good guidence in that FP sent 20 tubes for his repair. I would use as many as it takes to completely cover the keel box and then a neat bead around the landing seam when jacked into position to make it watertight.
Hopefully it will still break away when and if actually needed, if ever.
I did eventually receive a reply of sorts from FP from my enquiry and I copy it here as I received it:
''Sika is polyuretahne glue.
You must put glue all the keel box. Not only on the edge.
Both sides has to be cleaned before gluing''
Anyhow probably buy only 6 or so tubes if you are doing the repair on the hardstand
near the chandlery
where you can get some more in a hurry if needed. You always need Sikaflex for something around the boat.