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Old 19-01-2011, 09:33   #31
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Hmm yes, and France is expensive for boatie stuff. Not sure about West Spain or Portugal. Given the language differences I would stop in Falmouth or Plymouth. In June both will have great weather and we are going to have a scorcher of a summer so warm enough to dry everything out but not so hot or humid you can't get on with the refit.

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Old 19-01-2011, 09:34   #32
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the seller wants to sail gibraltar and spain with me...cant refuse, but I will go to azores befor crossing.
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Hey... cool, so you'll be well up to speed on your boat in no time... and the initial 'Local Knowledge' will come in handy as well... thats a tempremental area you'll be leaving from...
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Good find.

That is what I meant by 'backwards' thru-bolting. I just wasn't very good at describing it... The only difference is this has nuts on both ends of the bolt instead of a bolt head. but either way it's the same thing.

So the foam the surveyor was referring to is the stuff that's injected into the pockets? or did they still use foam to stiffen the hull? Just curious...
I guess they used foam inbetween glass, first to spred the wieght, second to lower production coast...the T27 was a prototyp ans was made in 3 different flavors...the last being a full keel imitation of the contesa 26.

I am still waiting for the surveyors report...he only mentioned a little dampness in that earea...remember the survey was to know if the boat cauld cross the atlantic...so he must be objective in his report.
so far the boat has nothing sirious and is in overhall good condition.
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Just fix it properly, you are going to have to eventually; unless of course it falls off before you get around to it while you are offshore and then you will have no more problems.
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Is this a good idea?

My apologies for reiterating that his may not be a good idea.

If the keel bolts are cast or tapped into the keel then it may be difficult to "fix" them to the standard required.

I have seen similar boats going out from Sydney Harbour and turning back after an hour or so as what may be considered normal conditions are just too rough for comfort.

Do you have experience using this sort of boat in the conditions that you would expect to encounter during such an extended voyage?
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A lost keel rarely results in survival.

I would rather sail with a boathook for a mast and a cinder block for an anchor than sketchy keelbolts.
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