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Keel Question

I just went in halves on a Northstar 1000. Problem is that there is quite a gap between the lead fin keel ballast and the hull. The keel-bolts and hardware look to be stainless steel. I have a plan but need some answers before I can proceed:

1) Are the keel-bolts tapped or molded into the lead only or is there a carrying plate molded in there to carry the load?
2) The bolts look to be ĺ-inch. Not knowing what they are tapped into, I have no idea what my starting torque value on the keel nuts should be. I donít want to risk pulling the bolts out of the soft lead by over-torquing. Suggestions?
3) Iím leaning toward using 5200 to re-bed the keel as I had good luck with that on another boat some years ago. Anyone got any other thoughts?

Thank you in advance!

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