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Old 12-01-2011, 10:17   #1
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Keel Nuts . . .

are holding my floors (metal floors rusted because of flooding) witch needs to be changed...will do them one at a time...my question is can I do this while the boat is on water or should I do it on the hard?

keel bolts and nuts look ok
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Aloha Jobi,
You can change them one at a time if there are a number of them per floor. Are you also rebuilding the floors?
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My guess is that you have a wood boat?
I'd do it in the water. You may cause some leakage around the bolts if you break them off or extract them. If water leaks around a broken bolt, just caulk around the bolt with cotten and a screw driver or some sort of tool. You may cause a leak if you drill new bolt holes but you'll be able to stop the leak with the new bolt.
Be careful driving bolts through the frames if they are severely rusted - you may split the frame before you get the bolt out. Best to cut the bolt off between floor frame and hull frame and drill new bolt holes if you can. Use a sawsall to cut the bolts just don't cut into the plank!
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Aloha Jobi,
You can change them one at a time if there are a number of them per floor. Are you also rebuilding the floors?
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thanks!!
and yes I will change my floors...if they can be called floors...they esensialy only serv as brackets to help support the keel...dont think these metal bars serve any other purpuse...they are like the back plate we use to solidify chainplates or winches but very important to my keel...the hull where the keel bolts pass thrue is ridiculously thick, I mean something like 3in solid glass if not more...so you understand I am not afraid to lose the dang keel any time soon.
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