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Re: Help pinpointing a leak
I'm surprised there was no bedding between the keel and stub. We used to dry fit deep draft keels in the plant (custom & production) when shipping height was a problem. But they were 41' or longer. After dry fitting the keel went on the shipping trailer and the delivery yard would bed, install, fair & paint. Consider that the joint is faired out after installation, how did the bedding wash out and disappear? Was it shipped without a keel, was it NOT bedded at all and a disaster laying in wait all this time . . . QC at the plant was strict, it's highly unlikely the boat left NOTL with an unbedded keel installed.
Having a crucial keel bolt under the mast was just stupid, kinda like having to drop a Vette engine to change spark plugs.
Some of the C&C custom boats with very deep draft keels had a bolt-on shoe with windows in the main keel for bolting the shoe on. It made shipping the boat from one race site to another easier/cheaper (uh, right).
At least now you can sleep at night knowing the problem has been fixed, and know your 10K per day is available for your next adventure
Last edited by rugosa; 06-24-2013 at 11:36 AM.