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Old 01-10-2016, 18:04   #1
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Sacrificial keels

I read that Leopards have sacrificial keels, but didn't find much on this topic. Do they have a strip of metal on the bottom of the mini-keels or what do they have?

I also read that Leopard does not recommend resting their catamarans on their keels on the hard. Does this hold true in most people's experience?

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Old 01-10-2016, 18:44   #2
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Re: Sacrificial keels

It depends on the models, you should really call The moorings in Miami and speak to their technical guy. He knows everything and can answer any leopard question.
Certain models can rest on their keels certain ones cannot. The keels are chemically bonded to the hulls after the hulls are put together. Keels are built with balsa coring and a lot of glass. You could rip one off and still not have water intrusion.

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Old 02-10-2016, 08:21   #3
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Re: Sacrificial keels

Linda the newer. (Certainly after 2005) leopards keels are bolted on and the edges sikaflexed onto the hull. I have seen one that broke anchor in the Seychelles and both the keels were broken off but the hull was intact. New keels were ordered to be fitted.

My Leopard 40 I park on the and at spring ones to re anti foul without issues.
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Re: Sacrificial keels

Most of what I was thinking's already been said. Though when designing boats for charter service, some keels are purpose built to be sacrificial & replacable. Plus, one can always add a skid plate to such keels. Be it metal, wood, or composite. And even some boats with boards have small "navigational" keels, for when they "discover" land.

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Old 07-10-2016, 10:34   #5
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Re: Sacrificial keels

On my by 2010 leopard the keel are secured by 6 [I think] maybe 4,they are not thru the hull down ward they come thru the side about 6-10 inches from the bottom . There is a small skag like apendage the fits in to the the keel
and bolts the keels .
Hope this is clear but I found this out the hard way
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sorry ,the bolts are just below the hull bottom

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