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Old 19-11-2017, 00:59   #1
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Skeg removal

I have a Serendipity 29 and Ive just slipped her for the first time in 10 years. No blisters in GRP but the anodes perished long ago and electolysis has ruined the skeg. How do I remove it?
It seems to be made of sheet stainless and is hollow. I'm guessing it has bolts and the heads are under the fibreglass in the bilge. There are big lumps there that look like they are covering bolt heads, or nuts. There are two pairs about a hand span apart (fore and aft) with what looks like a plate under, all glassed over. But the bolts are about three inches apart (port to starboard) - wider than the skeg. It's a bit confusing.
I guess I can chip and grind away the glass and see what I find. Needless to say this is the hardest part of the boat to get at and I just installed a water bag there. And I just love glassing in a confined space.
Here's hoping,
cheers, Giselle
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Old 19-11-2017, 10:53   #2
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Re: Skeg removal

Grind away the glass.
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Re: Skeg removal

Right. I found I was looking in the wrong place. The bolts are in the stern locker, not under the cockpit. I chiseled the glass off and found 4 bolt heads and I guess undoing them will do the job. I didnt continue today as its stinking hot and I was drowning in my own sweat in the locker.
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