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Old 11-20-2006
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So I hit this rock... again... and again

I finally got my boat out of the water this past weekend and it confirmed my fears. Not only had the starboard side been hit by seawall, but the keel had impacted as well. The T30 has an all lead keel and I'm wondering if this is what saved her. I'm saying saved because even though it looks like someone took a giant claw hammer to the keel, none of the stringers are broken inside, the keel lines up with the mast and the centerline of the boat, all of the bolts *appear* to be ok, and the only damage below waterline is the minor cracking of the fairing putty that is put on the hull/keel line. The bolts were serviced by the previous owners 4 years ago (full drop, clean, rebed, retighten) and after the accident she stayed at her mooring for 3 weeks taking water from the prop shaft packing and a missing hatch in a rain storm. So am I just lucky or is there really something to my lead absorbing the impact theory.
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