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Old 24-08-2011, 19:16   #1
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Hunter 28.5 - Keel Repair

Currently looking to purchase a 1986 Hunter 28.5. Boat is listed in fair condition. On first inspection I noticed a hairline crack on both the leading and trailing edge at the keel to hull joint.

In doing some internet search on this topic, the condition appears on occasion, with most folks not really expressing a concern other than making a epoxy repair and moving on. Someone did refer to this as the "Hunter Smile". - ok. (I have not yet had a survey done on the boat).

Can anyone advise as to the seriousness of the problem, how to repair or should I stay away from the boat. I'm somewhat interested in the boat as the rest of the boat appears in fair condition for its age.

Appreciate any guidance, comments, thoughts or suggestions.

C. Carlisle
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Old 24-08-2011, 19:30   #2
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Re: Hunter 28.5 - Keel Repair

That type of defect is common to Catalinas but I've never heard of it on a Hunter. Regardless, it's likely only a joint crack requiring some filler but a survey would definitely be in order to confirm.
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