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Re: Lead 'boot' - yes/no?
I was visualizing a 'C' shaped lead channel (with the open part of the 'C' facing upward); I would bolt it through the existing fiberglass keel and existing lead ballast
What about thoughts on aiding survival on grounding?
So you would then have a presumably watertight keel with several holes drilled through it? Even if it did nothing else, a hard grounding is likely to jiggle those bolts enough to let water penetrate into the keel (if they weren't leaking already). Like I said, it's probably best to assume the designer knew what he was doing in the first place, and avoid hard groundings. A good depth sounder must be a small fraction of the cost of this keel project you're contemplating.
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