Originally Posted by pbr
Most cruising cats have keels too. Again what kind of fairing are you referring to?
I suppose it depends on how thick your hull
is. I have bronze thru-hulls on my big boat and all you can see is the opening. They sit in a bevel and I just covered the top of the thru hull
with fairing ten years ago when I faired the whole hull. Makes for a smooth very fair hull. The only way to improve it would be to go with a hard bottom paint
, and I'm too old to do that work constantly.
If I think of it, I'll snap some photo's. I'm about to grind out three of these thru-hulls and move them. I'm repositioning my aft head
forward a few feet to make space for a hanging wet locker, these have to be repositioned to more convenient locations. I'm way behind on working on it though. Berween breeding my dog, a back injury, and then back to back deliveries, I've lost
a lot of time. The last delivery
was difficult--the motor
crapped out, and I had to sail it all the way back mostly by myself. The last job will pay for my new autopilot
, but I lost
a lot of time I can't regain this season.
In any event, modern boat hulls are too thin for faired-in thru hulls, although I suppose you could do it if you reinforced the laminate on the inside, although that might be a questionable choice and more trouble than they are worth I suppose. On an older hull that is inches thick it is a good idea.
I still don't like the idea of anything sticking out. And a piece of plastic could shear right off if it caught on something like a submerged shipping
container. Plus I don't like the look of them. I have one that sticks out and it is really obvious compared to the others.