I was cleaning
the bottom the other day and discovered that I've got a hairline crack (too small to get my fingernail into) at the rear of our keel
that extends about 6 inches where the keel
meets the hull
We've had a little smile at the front of the keel since we bought the boat and the surveryer thought it was no biggie - said lots of boats our age (almost 30 yo) have some seperation there.
I described the issue to a friend who's a boat builder
, and he said that the hull
will flex underway, and small cracks can develop but that as long as they're just hairlines at the far edges of the keel, it doesn't indicate a problem.
So, I'm thinking I'm good here, but figured I'd throw it up for discussion just in case anyone has any thoughts. We're about to make the passage
to NZ, and I want to make sure that we're ship-shape.