28-1.2 has a small smile on the leading edge of the keel
- but no rust drip lines or anything like that that would indicate that the bolts themselves are exposed. The previous owner faired the joint every year, but I figured I might as well check the keel
bolt torque while she's on the hard
The only issue with this is that the keel bolts
are bedded in epoxy
below the nuts (a big no no according to Casey as now one can't see if water
is coming through the bolts), but not actually encapsulated in epoxy
around the nuts themselves. None of the online references
mention this particular situation, but can I torque the nuts down on top of the epoxy? Unfortunately, the Pearson
28 Yahoo group has shut down, so I don't know any other owners I can ask who have done this.
Also - should I back the nuts off first to free them, if needed and eliminate break-away torque, or should I just get after them with the torque wrench? Thanks, as always, for the help.