I just bought a 1971 Catalina
27 and I planned to install some stainless lag bolts into the keel
recommended) as the keel bolts
are almost completely rusted away and providing no structural support. When drilling, I found that the wood core
was wet and the hole I drilled filled with some water
. There isn't a lot of water- the drill bit was wet and the hole slowly filled with water
over a few hours and no water is coming into the bilge
so it seems there isn't a major problem but I want to be sure the keel
is soundly attached to the boat.
I'm thinking the water may be coming from a possible "Catalina Smile" a common delamination
on the forward part of the keel or even from condensation
being stuck in some pockets.
Does the wood core
provide structural support ? And if so should I am planning to add a layer of epoxy
layered with a glass cloth to prevent the lag bolts form punching through. Would this be sufficient?
I'm also concerned about corrosion
between the lead keel and 316 stainless being enhanced with the water?
Any thoughts or recommendations appreciated!