Originally Posted by MelniK
Thank you for the welcome! So excited to finally be a part of this community.
I haven't located the keel bolts yet, I think they are either fiberglassed in, or I just havnt seen them yet.
I think you are right about the bolts taking on most of the weight. My concern with this repair and the best way about it is for the purposes of moisture and water
going up into the fiberglass that is separating from the keel (you can see it in one of the photos)
The boat has been on the hard
for several years so everything as dry as it ever will be, so if there is a way to keep it dry, now is the time to do it.
Well, itís always exciting to have new members as well! I hope you enjoy your stay. When you have a moment you should pop over to the meet and greet and create a post there. People love greeting the new members, and it gives us better context for any advise.
Keeping the rest of the hull
dry is exactly why I barrier coated the C&C
lead. I donít know if it made a lick of difference, but I felt better about having done it.
Sometimes that matters as much as the next thing. As far as executing the repair, Iíd just watch some videos and read 3 or 4 pages out of a book on the subject. Itís bottom sides, so fairing is for performance not looks. Which just means you wonít have to be bothered by paint
matching or anything.
The guys over at Free Range Sailing have videos of them doing repair and refit work
to their old boat and seem to really know their stuff. Having a watch of some of their videos will give you a general sense for how to expediently do things. Granted, for the actual tasks I would follow the directions on the bottle (of resin) to a T and pick up a book to advise me on how much resin to use for a weight of glass, what type of matte, roving, or cloth to use, what additive to thicken the epoxy with for bottom side fairing and such things. As detailed as videos are, most of the time they lack critical bits of knowledge. Watching them is still worth it, Iíve learned many tricks and ways around the tough parts
I am not a glass specialist, so grain of salt
here. I trust the books
I have, and a few people on YouTube. Iíve seen suggestions as outlandish as galvanized standing rigging
on the web, which to me just shows the importance of my books and opinions from experts. Few are found on the web, I have a trust but verify policy.