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Old 30-04-2007, 18:08   #16
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bleeding keel bolts

I also own a Lotus 10.6, (in Australia). The previous owner had a similar problem on the keel. The top "dead wood" section was wood glassed over. Water had penetrated into the wood, and migrated to some bolts ( silicon bronze). The previous owner mentioned he had only minor bleeding at the back end of the keel. The solution (expensive) was to remove the wood section, make up a glass dead wood section. There are cheaper options. Agree that it should be looked at.

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Old 09-05-2007, 22:06   #17
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It sounds like your keel bolts might be a bit loose - water will work its way down them from the bilge and start corroding the bolts. Gives off minute amounts of gas when it does this (among other things) which might be causing your blistering/oozing. Good idea to excavate and examine. If you have the facilities (travelift needed) it may be a good idea to lift the boat off the keel a few inches and see if you can dry and clean out whever is in there. Then pour some epoxy down into the sump holes to seal her up again and rebed the sump/keel joint and bed and tighten the bolts...
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