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Great...just what I didn't want to hear. I don't feel that I can drop the keel off this boat. That is a huge undertaking that costs far more than the boat is worth. Am I wrong? If I understand correctly, the keel bolts- iron not stainless in a 1976- are installed when the keel is cast. There has to be another way. The boat currently does not show any signs of the C smile. There is no water leaking. Maybe when the boat is pulled next month and I chisel off the rusted mess on the bolts I will be able to see some sort of threads that I can work with. In addition, maybe when I cut off the top layer of fiberglass to replace the wood I will find decent threads. Just trying to be optimistic. I may have to call Catalina and send them some pictures to see what they suggest. Maybe I am making the cost of replacing the bolts bigger than it actually is. And the story continues.......

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