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post #1 of Old 05-09-2006 Thread Starter
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Question Keel leaks

We've pulled our 38' Kadey-Krogen cutter as a result of a too close contact with foot long bolts hidden at water level in our marina as a result of Hurricane Wilma damage to the floating docks. The boat has been out of the water for almost four weeks now and we've just noticed a couple of small, pin-point like ruptures through the new bottom paint with stinking water oozing out of them. The yard "experts" are telling us this is just a consequence of a 1986 figerlass hull being out of the water and gravity forcing all moisture into the keel (boat is actually a dual centerboard boat) and not indicitive of any real problem. Question to the experts: should I wait till the hull is completely dry (not oozing any moisture below the water line) and do a final grounding/sanding of the spots and repaint them; is this an indication of a much larger problem; should I put the boat back into the water and enjoy what time we have till the hurricane season kicks in??
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