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post #13 of Old 10-14-2012
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Re: Replacing lead Keel bolts

The attached is an example of what was holding the keel on, on my Columbia 43 when I bought it and what I replaced it with. The bilge was dusty dry but obviously wasn't always that way. The fasteners were steel tapped into an iron keel so it was an easy fix. Other than the heavy equipment needed to remove & reinstall the keel, it only cost a few $hundred for the stainless pieces.

Lead keels are not better than iron keels in EVERY way.
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File Type: jpg 58. This actually held the keel on!.jpg (53.8 KB, 47 views)
File Type: jpg 63. New keel hardware #3.jpg (36.3 KB, 40 views)

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