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When they went to drop the keel they were able to turn the front nut by hand (this one was under the mast, or i would have figured it out on the water). He said when lift the boat off the keel it was like taking your foot out of shoe. It slipped right off, no wedges or anything needed. There was essentially no caulk left in the joint anywhere. There is no fiberglass damage and he is still kinda baffled by where i see the leak, but the only culprit seems to be the keel based on what i just described. He said the front bolt had definitely been wet, and the plate under the nut was corroded. The bolts all looked fine. They well rebed the keel and hopefully I'm back in the water this weekend. Been bouncing around for two weeks on random boats; Dafour 40, Dafour 36.5, Catalina 30, C&C 30, old 74 Morgan 30 that looks like a tank.... I now know once you have your own boat nothing else is quite as satisfying to sail, even a one year old Dafour 40 that's nicer than my apt....
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