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Westerly Cirrus 22 Keel

I am considering buying a 1970 Cirrus 22. These boats have cast iron keels. Does anyone know if the keel bolts screw into the keel? I don't know for sure but I can't believe that they pour cast iron with keel bolts in place like they would for a lead keel. I would think they would tap threads into the openings for the keel bolts.

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Not likely they cast them in iron. either way it's major to get them out and replace. But a boat that old pretty much needs to be done unless it's never been in the water

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Re: Westerly Cirrus 22 Keel

More likely to be drilled and tapped using studs and nuts to attach the keel. However some of these vintage'd boats had serious keel flanges and bolted through the flange and the hull.

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Re: Westerly Cirrus 22 Keel

Thanks for the responses. This boat doesn't have a flange keel. I believe I have found some information on a Westerly owners site that indicates they are studs and nuts. This is a freshwater boat but still if I were to buy would want to drop the keel and check bolt status. Would be really great if the bolts would back out of the keel, one at a time, and then replace or just screwed back in. Somehow I don't think that's going to happen. These boats seem very well built and have eye appeal but at 45 years old ?
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Re: Westerly Cirrus 22 Keel

You could get lucky, the studs may come out as you say individually with a stud puller, or by jamming two nuts together (if there's room to do that)

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Re: Westerly Cirrus 22 Keel

There is a very active owners association in the UK costs 15 quid to join but someone there will know the answer.

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