Hi Everyone -- brand new member
here. I am looking for some insight about what I'm looking at with this boat
-- I intend to get survey
, but want a heads up about what could be going on if anyone has ideas. Thank you for your time...
I'm looking at this Watkins 27 1979. I love it. Everything I've researched, being aboard it yesterday, it's perfect for me. However, the keel
is cracked (see pics I took yesterday),
and leaking water
out of the cracks, and is actually squishy around the cracks. The bilge
was full (boat is up on blocks).
Is it possible the bilge
is leaking through the hull
into the keel
? Or the hull
itself leaking? I'm hopeful that the cracks have simply allowed water
to get inbetween the fiberglass
and the core
of the keel, and is therefore a case of simply grinding/sanding/reglassing which I would have done at the boatyard.
Bilge is being drained, and boat
will hopefully dry out fully over next couple of days. I understand that keel is molded with the hull, but does that mean it's all one piece? I know it's not a bolt on keel. From Watkins Owners site:
"One-piece solid hand-laid hull with internal ballast fiberglassed in place.
· Hull interior
· No external iron or steel
· Examine other’s keel-to-hull joint. You may see gaps, fillers, rust, cracks. Ours assures fairness."
"Keel: All models are shallow draft
with internal ballast except the W36 which has a lead bolt on keel. This means that the keel is molded of fiberglass
as a hollow integral part of the hull mold
and filled afterwards with ballast. Early models have a lead pre-form inserted into the keel cavity and surrounded by liquid resin."
Anyway, thoughts or ideas? I'm learning
all I can (have only sailed a sunfish before and this will be my first bigger sailboat). I'm trying to understand if the keel/hull is one part, or if just molded at same time but still separate.
Thanks in advance for any of your time and info.