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My first post here also... Joe, I just wanted to comment on what a great job you did with your 17 (and darned fast, too!) It took me close to three years to get my V22 back in the water.
Joe, how is your keel holding up? My '72 had three big plates of steel that were glassed over. It was dangerously heavy at about 450 lbs. I was dissatisfied with the final keel's shape... the slab-sided nature of the beast hurt my boat's pointing ability. I had thought about trying to do something similar with 450 lbs lead over a plywood form with LOTS of epoxy, but chickened out because of structural strength worries.
How does the new keel point? Have you noticed any cracks or leaks, or bending in the keel bolt? (I increased the size of my keel bolt from 1/2" to 5/8" grade 8, and it STLL wasn't strong enough.) Would you do anything different if you had to do it over?
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Well, I rebuilt my keel twice. The first time I kinda patched it up with polyester resin. That only lasted one season before it started cracking and leaking.
The second time a stripped it completely down to the steel bar and lead ball, and rebuilt the whole thing. I also epoxied bronze sleeves in the pivot holes because they had got walered out. I used epoxy this time. So far it works well. I guess you've looked at my pictures. All the wood was for on the new keel was to make the shape for the epoxy and fiberglass mat to form to.
My keel is only 275 lbs, so it's not quite as hard to deal with.
Macgregor, Venture 17 ,#998
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