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Re: damage after impact
I'm also looking at purchasing a Beneteau 423 and it seems that I may have the same problem with possible boat grounding and keel separation.
The bulb also looks like it's been repairedAttachment 13483
The "Keel Smile" you illustrate is of absolutely no consequence. It is quite commonplace and results for a bit of flex in the joint. There is a little bit of rust staining which is also quite routine. Grind down to the iron and treat in the manner discussed in previous posts in this thread. The discoloration of the finish on the keel bulb may be from the repair of minor damage/scraping. As the profile appears to be quite consistent I suspect it is also of no consequence. To get a better idea of whats so, pull the floorboards in the vicinity of the keel in the salon and take a look at the tabbing between the hull liner and the hull and the keel bolts. I suspect you may find some rusting of the keel bolts but nothing else.
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