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Originally Posted by erickbou View Post
I am researching to also fix a crack in my hull to keel joint, I have a 1978 Hunter 33 with lead keel. I found this article very helpfull

Projects: Below Deck: Replacing Keel Bolts |

I am hoping in my case that I can get away with the "heavy sleeve" method.

Good luck.
It sounds pretty mickey mouse for something as heavy as the keel on a 33 footer. You might try finding a foundry near you that can melt down & recast your keel with new studs. They can make a form by pouring concrete around your keel then pulling it out, melting it down and pouring it back into the concrete mould. If you do this, be sure to make a template of your keel bolts beforehand then when they are pouring, the new bolts can be held in place by the template and will then fit the original holes in your hull.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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