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post #26 of Old 10-19-2012
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Re: Replacing lead Keel bolts

Originally Posted by casey1999 View Post
My lead keel attachment is just like yours (windows). My original keel bolts are stainless steel and appear ok (34 years old), but maybe one day I will need to replace.

Would silicon bronze be preferred over stainless? Titanium is also becoming available at a resonable price, any thoughts?

What is your boat make?
Casey: Looks the same because it is the same boat! Aquafibre built S&S34. Someone had encapsulated the bolt heads in the bilge and they had corroded due to the lack of oxygen. On some there were only 3 full turns of the threads left on the bolt in the bilge. The rest of the bolt looked fine, just the part in the bilge was corroded. Silicon Bronze is more expensive but won't corrode like stainless. I only wanted to do this job once, so decided to spring for the silicon bronze.
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