I'm looking for help on how to approach this problem with a 1986 Irwin
43. The keel
has apparently suffered some type of trauma that has cracked the fairing around the upper front of the keel
connection with the hull
. There is also water
dripping from the crack, so a path exists completely through the boat
. The bilge
was found to be full of water
and was subsequently pumped out using the manual bilge pump
. Even after the bilge
was pumped out, the dripping continued through this crack. There was light rain on/off during the day. The drip from the front of the keel was only coming from the crack, it was not running along the hull
from anywhere else. The keel bolts
haven't been inspected yet. Cracks can be seen in the fiberglass
in the local area. The rest of the fiberglass
around the keel looks ok. The owners claim no knowledge of any prior issues in this area or any knowledge of a keel trauma event. The boat
has been sitting on the hard
for about 18 months. This boat does not have a retractable centerboard
Does anyone have experience with this issue? I'm wondering about structural safety
concerns with the keel connection to the boat as well as leak issues. Does the entire keel need to have the fairing removed and inspected, then re-faired? If the keel bolts/mounts are inspected and found secure, does this become more of a leak-sealing and cosmetic repair?
Pictures are attached and I can post a video of the water leaking out if the info is helpful.
Thanks for all the help.