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I didn't try to remove the nuts normally. I picked up a nut breaker and a chisel from Harbor freight for about ten bucks and cut the nuts off. Many were so corroded that simply hitting with a hammer caused them to disintegrate. The bolts were actually in pretty good shape. The nuts were exposed to fresh water from leaks around the windows. (My next big project) I felt that stainless was a better choice in the bilge. After looking at the posts here it was stainless or bronze and I didn't have the money or the time to get the bronze. These should last for the life of the boat. (I hope!)
How did you brace/hold the keel while you did this work? Did you do a bolt at a time to keep the others in place to hold it, or did you build some kind of frame such as Dan Pfeiffer illustrates on his P26 site (I think)?
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Pearson 26 #1200