After discovering that the lead-keel stub seam has opened on my Pearson
36-1, I learned that this "smile" is common to boats that have this type of construction. Some models of Pearsons have this smile and I have heard that some Catalinas also have this opening of the joint between the lead and the stub.
Originally, I wanted to drop the lead and rebed it, but due to the inaccessility of several nuts on the keel bolts
, compounded by the fact that someone poured resin into the bilge
, filling the keel
bolt holes in the bilge
and filling the joint between the lead and the stub, I have decided that even without the nuts, the keel
isn't going to fall off.
Now I am searching for the best technique for sealing this smile and keeping it watertight.
Next I will visit the Catalina