Today when diving
on the boat to clean off a few barnacles
I noticed hairline cracks on both sides of the keel
with what appears to be some rust beginning to form there. The boat was hauled last year and there were no sign of cracks then. The keel bolts
are completely bedded in epoxy
deep enough that they are not visable. The cracks are much lower than where I thought the ballast would begin but I guess thats the joint where they meet.
The ballast on Newport
boats is a solid lead and alloy keel
. The galvanized iron keel bolts
are permanently locked in place by positioning them in the keel at the time it is poured. An epoxy adhesive
is applied to the top of the keel before it is bolted to the keel recess in the hull
. A fiberglass
cloth is bonded over the entire joined area to further seal it. A resin filler mixture is poured into the keel recess. The covered keel bolts and their nuts are now permanently locked and insured of never having water
come in contact with them.
The area of the hull
to keel joint and the entire keel is now coated and faired in with a resin based fairing agent.
Seems like pretty solid construction. No wood to wiggle or rot
I'm looking for advice and experience regarding this issue.