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Old 07-07-2013, 08:16   #16
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Re: Normal Keel Seepage

In or boat neither keel nor the gland 'seep'. Whatever this might mean. I mean our boat is plastic and the bilges are always dry.


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Old 07-07-2013, 08:31   #17
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Re: Normal Keel Seepage

Originally Posted by jgprudhomme View Post
The boat is less than 5k and I don't plan on owning her more than two years or so ( idea is to upgrade) I have read on other forums and websites that some water in the bilge of a c&c is to be expected. Also read that the stuffing box is often the culprit. Owner had the stuffingBox re done this year. Not really sure how to proceed.
Sounds like a perfectly good waste of less than 5k. Money best spent elsewhere. At end of two years you have the nightmare of trying to unload the same beast the present owner is trying to do.

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Old 07-07-2013, 08:51   #18
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Re: Normal Keel Seepage

dropping the keel will probably have to be done by a yard. They likely charge about $75 an hour. figure two guys and travelift charges also. I'm guessing $2000-$2500 IF the keel bolts are easy to get to and to get off.
If you totatlly love the boat, you could try to tighten the keel nuts/bolts, maybe haul the boat clean out the joint and recaulk it as best you can and let it dry up good to try to last you 2 years. Not the best situation though.

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