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Old 10-12-2012, 16:36   #16
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Re: Keel Gash

My first guess was hauling mishap--do they use a hydraulic trailer? Unlikely to happen with a Travelift.
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Old 10-12-2012, 17:46   #17
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Re: Keel Gash

How long after the damage was the picture taken? The lead in that picture looks like it has been exposed for a while (is there any marine growth on the lead?) If so you may be looking at the remnant of an old repair done poorly.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:01   #18
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Yikes! Anyone on the boat would have felt that. Damage vs. noise is usually the other way around. I.e. dramatic noise and bouncing seems like the keel must be half gone. Then one takes a look and is surprised how light the damage is. Um, so I have heard
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:43   #19
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Re: Keel Gash

I too suspect it was a repair that's fallen off. This is what a fresh hit looks like. My repair was glassed over to seal and support it. But another hit will most likely knock it out since it's only epoxy filler now.

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Re: Keel Gash

That used to be the laugh in High School when one of your buddies cars would hit a bump and all the bondo would fall off!

The previous owner felt that one and most likely initiated a poor repair.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:34   #21
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Re: Keel Gash

The boat was hauled with a travel lift.

The picture was taken about a week after haul. Good point about the marine growth. It was power washed, but I'll take a closer look this week to see if there are any remnants of marine growth. I assume barnacles would attach quite nicely to the rough lead.

Thanks for help sluething this. I'm sure if I take a closer look this week, and post a better picture, this mystery can be solved.
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Re: Keel Gash

I'd go with Tar and suggest a patch fell off the good s/v Oblivious. Yard damage...certainly possible if there's no sign or repairs or repair materials or corrosion from immersion. No typical of yard collisions and drops through, is it?

A "proper" repair would involve building a clay dam and pouring fresh lead in to rebuild the missing area. Good luck with that, you'll get a perfectly satisfactory result by cleaning and scrubbing the area than building it back up with thickened epoxy filler. Cleaning and prep being essential to get a permanent bond to the lead.
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Re: Keel Gash

I took a few more pics. The remnants of barnacles are clear. So it couldn't have happened during haul out.



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Re: Keel Gash

Yep, looks clear. YOU would never have felt it, but whomever was aboard at the time certainly would have!

A solid blast with some coarse grit to clean off the surface, wipe clean with alcohol and let dry then just slather on some epoxy with chopped fiber filler to fair it up and cover with a sheet of woven strand well overlapping into the surround. once cured sand the surface fair and repaint.

Then go up to the base of the keel and the keel/hull joint and VERY carefully go over it with a fine tooth comb to check it is structurally intact. If you can reach em, check the inside of the hull and mountings too.
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