SailNet Community - View Single Post - Replacing lead Keel bolts
View Single Post
post #7 of Old 10-13-2012
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: New Orleans Louisiana
Posts: 3,040
Thanks: 9
Thanked 123 Times in 117 Posts
Rep Power: 5
Re: Replacing lead Keel bolts

Most cast in place bolts are just threaded rod, with different designers preferring stainless others like hss steel, and there is a small faction switching to other more exotic materials. For replacement though there really isn't a good option except melting the lead away from the old bolts, and replacing them with new. Frankly a hex head bolt cast in place is a pretty poor option. The head has pretty minimal surface area compared to T or J rod, which increases the problems of point loading.

As for material, it really depends on what you are looking for. A quick cheap fix to get back on the water, go with steel.

Arguably better is stainless, but in keel bolts it has a lot of problems.

If you want to fix it once and never worry about it again, titanium.

Stumble is online now  
Quote Share with Facebook
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome