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Old 04-12-2010
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Keel Joint Issue

Hey everyone,

Getting ready for another glorious sailing season....

I have a 1976 25' O'day that you've all helped me renovate over the past 5 years.

I was quickly scraping my bottom and inspecting before moving forward with season prep and the normal crease between my lead keel and fiberglass keel-stump chipped off too easily. I kept pulling off what looked like 35 year old putty and found some peeling caulk (flexible caulk, not 5200 or anything) between the two. Under the loose putty it was moist.

I've attached a picture. Keel bolts look fine inside, keel seems sealed.

Do I just need to re-caulk, re-putty, and paint? Should I epoxy? Do I need to glass this over?

Much appreciated,

1976 25' O'day - "SeaWind"

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