Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 21-04-2011, 15:34   #1
Registered User
 
SPCarroll's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Great Lakes
Boat: Glander Cay 23
Posts: 52
Images: 4
Leaky Keel

The Bristol 24 I bought last all had a couple of slots cut into the port side of the keel. The guy at the boat yard said it was to make sure any moisture would drain so the stringers wouldn't pop. There seemed to be no problem, and there was no seepage. Today I drilled into the starboard side of the keel a littl bit lower down, and after getting through the fiberglass some black gritty gunk came out followed by a little bit of water dripping. My worry is that that water has frozen and crushed things over the winter. I was just wondering on a scale of 1-10 how screwed I am.
I drilled a few more holes along the base of the keel to give any water every oportunity to get out. I'm planning on getting her in the water by May 24th. Any advice on checking this would be great.
__________________
SPCarroll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-04-2011, 15:57   #2
Senior Cruiser
 
DeepFrz's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Winnipeg
Boat: None at this time
Posts: 7,929
Re: Leaky Keel

If it had done any serious damage you would see cracks in the hull. My suggestion is to try to seal the bilge area (may be hard or impossible to reach without removing tanks) to stop water from leaking down into the keel. Some people put a drain plug in the keel near the bottom to facilitate drainage each fall.
__________________
DeepFrz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-04-2011, 17:45   #3
Registered User
 
aboutgone's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Marathon, Boot key harbor
Boat: CSY 44 w/o hull# 158 S/V Leighward
Posts: 252
Re: Leaky Keel

Let her weep and dry out and do a 12 to 1 grind on the holes you drilled,west sys.epoxy with cabosil and sand fair.Then go and buy a garboard plug and install it in the lowest part of your bilge. Remove the plug and she will drain,put the plug back in and splash her!!!
__________________
Never start vast projects with half vast ideas
aboutgone is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
keel

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Aluminum Keel-Stepped Mast to Iron Keel - Grounded ? endoftheroad Construction, Maintenance & Refit 11 30-09-2010 15:47
Keel Leek Fix / Keel Bolt Questions brianontheroad Construction, Maintenance & Refit 11 16-06-2010 19:39
Leaky Bilge and Cracked Keel RichW Construction, Maintenance & Refit 5 16-11-2009 10:13
Twin keel v Fin keel, pro's n con's ? Davegw Monohull Sailboats 6 12-02-2009 03:08



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 20:04.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.