Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Southern Salish Sea, PNW, Washington
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I took the plunge, mistake? Tanzer 22 keel
Well I finally did it, a boat I thought sold popped back up, and I drove 100 mIles south and picked it up. 1974 tanzer 22 iron keel, with a custom built trailer, 7 sails, mast most standing rigging and in seemingly decent shape. I knew this boat would be a bit of a project to get her in the water still not sure if I'm in over my head.
First off somthing going on at the keel joint, previous owner said he dropped and reseated and sealed keel. He sealed with white gelcoat not even sure if he did resealed joint with 5200 or not havnt started grinding. Hairline cracking in some areas in his gelcoat job forward and aft of keel. In the aft it looks as if previous job bubbled in small spots and has lifted off iron and is now flaking off. Also from interior keel bolts he said he only sealed forward 4 bolts... at this ppint not sure if I can trust what he says but there it is. I know from forum research an owner hit something in 2002 dropped faired and resealed in 2003.
I'd like to get the boat in the water and off the trailer so I can test the sails out and see how she fairs on the water with doing the majority of work at the end of the summer, but I'm wondering if this is even possible.
My plan was to grind down, mabye reseal joint but leave if it looks like it was done, and prep iron, and seal just the joint area so when I launch into the sound the salt doesn't get in. When boats in straps lifted I can also check for play in keel. Any help or advice on whether or not that will work in short term, let me know or if I have to completely drop and refair.