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Old 02-07-2020, 09:38   #1
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Irwin 43 fwd keel fairing crack and leak

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.
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Re: Irwin 43 fwd keel fairing crack and leak

You mentioned “the owners”. Are you a prospective purchaser? If so your options are to run away or insist on a surveyors report and a repair which the surveyor monitors and approves of. You will only receive speculative answers by posting a few photos.
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