Hello Cruisers Forum Friends,
I have begunto restore a 1979 30' Sloop
will occur over the next few months here on the Brooklyn
waterfront (Come say hi)
As I begin the initial repair, I've started making a few lists of materials and scheduling the work
I appreciate your ear and input on the project
The main problem / challenge is the keel
(I've included pictures)
is a bolt on style made of concrete and iron, originally sealed with fiberglass
I've ordered a few book and I'm researching, but I want to run my current
plan by folks / get some input.
- Grind / Sand down, remove flaking metal and concrete. Sand down exposed iron, remove rust
-Prime Surfaces (concrete repair bonding primer?)
-Smooth out and shape with an Epoxy
/ Mortar / Concrete agent / mix.
-Epoxy Resin: Fill voids, seal any seams...
-Sand, shape, smooth
, three layers, maybe 4
resin from inside the hull
, reinforce seal from the inside.
So that's the basic plan for now. I am wondering if there is a better material / substance for shaping and smoothing the keel?
I welcome all input.
The chipped front/bow of the keel is a doozy. I can completely grind down and form something new... Though shaping the nose of the keel with just a resin or concrete agent seems difficult...
Could I use fiberglass to shape the front of the keel, let it cure, then fill the void with and epoxy / concrete mix?
I could also re-sheet it with iron or comprable material and fill with resin...