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Old 19-11-2012, 10:47   #1
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Islander 36 keel step

I just got a 78 islander 36. Great boat, well balanced. Needs "alittle" work though. The mast at the step looks ok for now. Not a lot of corrosion. But under the steel plate it sits on, is a ply wood bulkhead that extends down into the bilge. Does anyone know what else supports that plate?? I can only see from one side without tearing stuff up. Thanks.
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Old 19-11-2012, 11:22   #2
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I had an Islander 32 that seemed to have some cement under the mast area.
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Old 19-11-2012, 12:34   #3
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Re: Islander 36 keel step

Have you looked at the Islander 36 website? Lots of good info and an active membership. Islander 36 Maintenance Great boats. almost bought one. Probably should have.
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Re: Islander 36 keel step

Ditto the I-36 website - I have a '77 I-36 and found it invaluable in doing work on her. As far as I can tell on my boat, the steel plate of the keel step is supported fore and aft by two plywood bulkheads, which are connected by a piece of plywood on each side, so the plate is supported on all four edges by plywood, but the space in the middle is hollow.
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Thanks, think all that is gona have to come out. Got some rot around the mast area in the plywood sole.
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Some new info for ya. Got the teak sole up and found what was under the mast step. In-between the for and aft bilge stringers ,they poured a very ancient looking epoxy filler. It looks old, but I'm not touchin it
Still doing its job.
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