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post #2 of Old 07-29-2013
bobperry
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Re: Bolt on Keel

Nothing wrong with a bolt on keel. Time was when almost all production boats had bolt on keels. Encapsulated or "internal ballast" keel boats are cheaper and easier to build. But when you smack a rock with an encapsulated keel you may penetrate the skin of your hull, i.e. the keel is a part of your molded hull. With external ballast if you smack a rock you may only put a ding in the lead. Keel bolts can last a long time. I would always prefer a bolt on keel. I live where it is very rocky. Maybe your salt water in the bilge is from you stuffing box.

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