Thanks for your prompt replies!
The keel is lead, fixed keel not the centerboard
7,500 lbs. 6'7" draft
, bolts on with 10 or 11 bolts originally.
It is 100 miles South of my home (Arroyo Grande Ca.) in Ventura Ca.
I had the boat surveyed before I bought it and the survey
showed up the corroded bolts.
I am afraid of the possibility of loosing a keel out in the Pacific, although even as it is now, that is probably unlikely.
Unlikely doesn't cut it though.
All bolts are suspicioned since we can't see down into the lead, either because other same age and alloy bolts failed or new ones(5 or 6)added were installed while the keel was on the boat.
That's a 7,500 pound keel on a 36 year old boat.
I want to restore it as safely as I can for myself and be able to reassure anyone down the line that the problem was totally fixed with no worry.
That being said, I am a new sailor and need to rely mainly on others experience.
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