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Old 20-06-2016, 05:55   #1
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Keel Damage

Attachment 126599Last Fall on my last cruise of the season I was motoring into Gosport Harbour at the Isle of Shoals to pick up a mooring and slowly nudged a rock submerged about 5 feet with my 5'6" keel. I backed away and knew I had a ding but saw no further damage when we pulled out.
Now I'm preparing to launch and have exposed lead to deal with. Do I need to treat/seal/cover with anything prior to painting with the usual bottom paint ?
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Old 20-06-2016, 06:23   #2
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Re: Keel Damage

Is it lead or steel?
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Re: Keel Damage

According to Richard Jordan:
“... before 1978 approximately, they used iron ballast and afterwards lead ballast both encapsulated...”
Gulfstar 44 Review: One of the Best Designs Ever - Waves « Jordan Yacht Brokerage

According to sailboatdata.com, the 44 was first built in 1978, and had lead ballast.
GULFSTAR 44 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com

The “encapsulation” is essentially part of the hull, so will have to be repaired as would any other breach.
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