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post #5 of Old 02-15-2002
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Encapsulated or Bolt On Keel?

With all due respect. When you wack into somthing with a external ballasted boat,
nine times out of ten (if not ten times out
of ten) the boat will have damage to the
leading and trailing edge fillet , not to mention the damage caused by the "fulcrum and lever" effect caused by the
keel trying to yank the keel bolts through the floor (and that lets water in).

The worst that can happen to a internally ballasted boat is that a little water gets
into the ballast area.At the end of the season, when you normally haul out,
tilt the boat to the stearn drill a couple of holes aft in the tip chord and in the spring
simply patch up the holes that were drilled in the fall. No water in the boat, no
extensive fiberglass repairs and no emergency haul-outs and no keel bolts to replace every ten years or less. Iam a profesional fiberglass repairman and have never in the twelve years Ihave been in this buisness saw or heard of such damage to e-keels like you have fore mentioned . Its true some builders have thrown junk in and covered it with cement.Do a little reasearch, you will find out what builders did this.I will trade
a tenth of a knot for an the security of an encapsulated keel any time. In fact,
I already have

Dennis L.
s/v Pangaea-Buzzards bay

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