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post #2 of Old 10-27-2010
Paul Comte
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Keel Stub Compression Plate & hull id

I replaced the broken FLOORS in our i28. The bottom of our 1979 keel stub has an eighth inch thick resin coating so I was unaware of a steel plate but now suspect it is there. Now I can see why it was impossible to run a screw in to mount a bilge pump switch.

If the plate you see is in good shape, it goes a long way toward explaining why the keel stays attached so well...

You may have heard of the "Catalina Smile" which occurs when the piece of plywood they used as a crush plate - crushes ! The smile is seen along the front of the keel to hull joint. Literally, the front of the keel hangs down on the bolts as the plywood insert crushes.

Islander made a better boat.

Does anyone know if our sail number 2879 (from hull number) identify it as hull twenty eight of 1979?

Paul Comte
Milwaukee WI
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