I did a search on this forum for keel bolts
and read what I found. What I read so far has still left me with questions. I purchased a fairly solid, older boat -- a 1977 Willard
8 Ton World Cruiser. This boat has a bolt on iron keel
. But I found that information in only one post in another forum. It may or may not be true. During an out of the water survey
, the surveyor
questioned the condition of some of the keel bolts
. Most bolts are thick (but rusted), and one bolt in particular is very thin. All 6 bolts are heavily rusted as are the two backing plates
bolt. One backing plate on one bolt is about 40% disintegrated -- meaning I was able to remove with a little effort and just a screwdriver, a good portion of the backing plate. However, the second plate is as solid as a rock -- which makes no sense to me since the one on top disintegrated fairly easily. I have yet to check the rest of the bolts.
Here are my questions. I am assuming I ought to simply replace all the bolts -- and I am not sure that is really necessary. So..... How does one make a determination on whether or not to replace (or simply add) new keel bolts? Should I simply vigorously attack the plates with a screwdriver and sees what sloughs off? If I do that, does the keel stand of chance of simply falling off? Would any ship yard be competent to handle keel bolts? Is this a DIY project
I am new to sailing and I have been in the thick of repair and restoration
for only 3 months now -- I am new to that process as well. I am still learning
about materials that are used on boats. I do not have a sense of what yards can do or what a person can do on their own AND have the job be done correctly. In other words, unlike houses or cars, I do not have a good sense yet of what works and does not work with boats. I am just beginning to learn what to worry about and what to let be as is. (I hope that last statement makes sense).