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post #3 of Old 10-04-2011
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Originally Posted by pirateofcapeann View Post
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!
Are you looking at studs with nuts on them or bolts. Keel "smiles" are not uncommon and usually easily fixed with new bolts or nuts properly torqued. While a bedding/sealing compound is necessary it would be unwise to use 5200 as, someday, someone may need to drop that keel and doing so with a 5200 bedding can be very difficult and costly and, in some cases, destructive.


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