As many of you already know I own a Catalina 30
, my first sailboat.
Also as many of you already know I'm way behind the learning
curve when it comes to maintenance
and I'm trying to get myself up to speed.
So here we go: When we pulled the boat
out of the water
for winter storage
I noticed a hairline crack in the keel
which runs from the leading edge aft about 1 foot. I've done some research
and I have what I believe is a "Catalina Smile" . It is my understanding that this could be something as simple as setteling and retorquing the bolts would be in order. The bilge
is dry and the keel bolts
look to be in good shape but I never had the time to look at them closely. I'll need to take a closer look and make sure everything is torqued and that the hull
is not damaged. If all appears well would I just need to grind along the joint where the keels meets the hull
and reglass this area? I intend to repaint the hull in the spring anyway so a little glass work
at that time should be no big deal.
As always all of your insite is greatly appreciated.