Re: Broken rib help for new sailor
Need a bit more info, what is in the area of the rib? I've looked up the Columbia 23t ,
fixed keel, nice boat. Without knowing anymore, I'd grind off the gel coat around the crack, open rib, scoop out the mushy wood, clean it up, cut a new white oak rib to fit in the channel, saturate the oak with thinned epoxy, stuff it in the channel, glass off the channel with cloth and epoxy, paint it white and go sailing.
And I would try to determine why/how the crack occurred. Was the boat dropped on the keel?
Ran aground and pounded for awhile? Any damage noted on the outer haul, like rock rash?
Is this the only crack, stress mark in the boat? Check the bulkheads, that they are still tabbed to the hull.
No such thing as a free cat, and that goes for boats as well.
Last edited by Captainmeme; 04-01-2013 at 05:56 PM.
Reason: more thoughts