When I set my 1977 Endeavour
32 up on dry dock
this year, we tilted it back as usual to help the scuppers to drain. There were two 8 blocks under the keel
, spaced about 1/3 each. The bottom of the keel
must have cracked open as we laid the boat back on the rear block and about a gallon of water
drained out the bottom of the keel, which I believe came from the bilge
, because the bilge
was bone dry when I looked. I added more water
to the bilge and it immediately drained out the keel.
My plan is to re-line the bilge with some good membrane, dry the keel void and apply some neat resin and fix the bottom of the keel. I like to get some advice on all of this. The keel void might have been holding water for a while, and maybe not.
The 1977 E32 keel has a 5000 lb lead ballast encapsulated with solid poly fiberglass
. The keel is molded integrally with the hull
and all ballast is contained inside. The keel is probably void, aft of the lead ballast.