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Old 05-15-2012
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Re: C&C "smile", crack at the stub/keel joint... problem?

Originally Posted by SloopDogg View Post
I have a smile on my Viking 33. The caulk joint behind it looks fine and it faired over. so the fairing is coming off.

I intend on torquing the bolts and possibly re-fairing

I've mentioned this before, but it bears repeating, given the circumstances.

IIRC, those Viking 33's had their keels epoxied on, not just sealed with flexible gunk of some sort. There was a story (Pacific Yachting??) back in the day about one that went on the rocks in Porlier Pass. Its keel got bent as a result and it had to be SAWN off.

You are very likely just suffering from some minor flexure, just enough to crack the filler in the seam.

It's worth checking out anyway.
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