Originally Posted by g0twind
What is my next step? Can I get through another season without doing anything? Is this something to be worried about?
Thanks in advance!
If you keep a large chunk of steel in salt water
then that's what yer need to expect
If it was under a year then I would not be happy. but after 5 not surprised. I suspect in your case somewhere in between. The PO may (or may not) have done a perfect job (to get good paint adhesion) - but got to expect that the paint barrier will eventually be breached in places (sea critters / sea growth / bumps and knocks - even without running aground
)......and when that happens you will
get rust. Probably also a bit of abrasion from raising and lowering.
The answer? as described above
.............and acceptance that a lifting keel plate is not a 100% fit and forget item. but 95% is not a bad trade
off for the advantages. As she is coming ashore now would seem a good opportunity for you to get hands on
If you never maintained it eventually would probably jam. drop off. or ultimately rust away completely (but that latter one would likely be measured in decades
). Never had one of those, but would expect 5 years from a (well done) repaint. Mechanism may be a different matter.