No I am not "afraid" of keel bolts
, I just don't like what I can't inspect/see.
The situation is:
Our partner in NH on Lake Winnipesaukee dropped out last year on our old Catalina 30
, and since she definitely was not ocean worthy so we sold her off.
We now potentially (the wifes approval being the "potential" part
) have a line on a 1 owner 1984 Catalina 30
out of Narragansett Bay. The price
is very reasonable and the owner is a close family
friend that I have known since I was born.
I know the history
on the boat and the maintenance
that was done on it.
The boat has been dry docked/winterized in his yard for the last 4 years due to health
I plan on getting a survey
and getting the engine
running and checking the operation of all the systems. But the one thing you can't see is if there is corrosion
on the keel bolts
at the keel hull
I have absolutely no reason to believe anything in the keel
is compromised or in poor condition. The maintenance
on the boat has been impeccable and knowing the owner and his family
the boat has not been "abused". He's never even let it leave dock
with out him on it.
Now to the "irrational fear" part, Aside from torquing the keel nuts to full spec to make sure the fiberglass
is not compromised I have no other way to check for corrosion
of the keel bolts from unknown water
ingress. There is no cracking at the keel hull
joint (aside from the catalina
smile which is normal) and no other evidence to lead me to believe there is a problem. So I guess the big question is, Is there a point in a boats life where you should drop the keel to check the bolts as regular maintenance or do you wait for certain signs before doing anything?
If this deal goes through I will be leaving the lake for good and keeping the boat in Narragansett bay.
Which I've been wanting to do for a very, very long time and I am very excited about upgrading to the ocean!!!!!! But with that comes some anticipation of the unknown and what I can't inspect. You all have much bigger waves on the ocean
and things I wouldn't worry about on the lake I am second guessing for the ocean.
So am I being ridiculous about phantom corrosion on keel bolts or due to age is there something I should be doing before or after purchasing