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Old 30-11-2009, 05:32   #1
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Dreaded Keel Smile

As many of you already know I own a Catalina 30, my first sailboat.

Also as many of you already know I'm way behind the learning curve when it comes to maintenance and I'm trying to get myself up to speed.

So here we go: When we pulled the boat out of the water for winter storage I noticed a hairline crack in the keel which runs from the leading edge aft about 1 foot. I've done some research and I have what I believe is a "Catalina Smile" . It is my understanding that this could be something as simple as setteling and retorquing the bolts would be in order. The bilge is dry and the keel bolts look to be in good shape but I never had the time to look at them closely. I'll need to take a closer look and make sure everything is torqued and that the hull is not damaged. If all appears well would I just need to grind along the joint where the keels meets the hull and reglass this area? I intend to repaint the hull in the spring anyway so a little glass work at that time should be no big deal.

As always all of your insite is greatly appreciated.
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Old 30-11-2009, 06:13   #2
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Torque the keel bolts to the mfg spec then grind out and glass the . Easy peasy but it will be back eventually, do the same thing again when it re-appears.
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Old 30-11-2009, 06:14   #3
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bolted on keels can have some kind of visual gap .. maybe some of that flexible epoxy filler would be good.
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