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I have come across the owners manual for the Newport 27S. Under "Keel Installation", reads the following:
"The ballast on Newport Boats is a solid lead and alloy keel. The galvanized iron keel bolts are permanently locked in place by positioning them in the keel at the time it is poured. An epoxy adhesive is applied to the top of the keel before it is bolted to the keel recess in the hull. A fiberglass cloth is bonded over the entire joined area to further seal it. A resin and asbestos mixture is poured into the keel recess and allowed to harden. The covered keel bolts and their nuts are now permanently locked and insured of never having water come in contact with them.
The area of the hull to keel joint and the entire keel is now coated with micro-balloons, a resin based fairing agent. The whole area is then ground smooth and more micro-balloons are applied to any hollow spots. This process is repeated until the entire installation is smooth and uniform. It is then sanded and ready for bottom paint."
Last edited by samcam; 09-14-2008 at 08:41 PM.
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