Every year for winter haul out
, I always try not to look too closely at my keel
joint out of fear of what I might find. Perhaps I've read too many horror stories about keel bolts
failing that I've come to appreciate my ignorance about the state of my own. However, it's probably best to consult with some experts before I decide to ignore it for a few more years.
The boat is a Bandholm 24, Danish built in 1976, and sailed in Danish waters (still). I strongly doubt that the keel
has ever been removed. There is a thick layer of epoxy
covering the keel bolts
(studs, actually) in the bilge
. Embarrassingly, the bilge
usually has some standing water
over the aft set of keel bolts. The keel is lead, and the hull
is solid polyester fiberglass
. No blisters
at all on the hull.
What concerns me the most is the evidence of rust from the joint. It doesn't make much sense to me as the hull is fiberglass
and the keel is lead, so where would the rust be coming from.
The pictures: (Note, the BIG gash is from where i sanded it back a bit to see what's going on... I didn't learn anything)
Any thoughts / tips / suggestions on how to proceed? I love this boat and would like to keep it for a while.