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Glue had better hold up over time. After all, an FRP hull is just a mess of glass fibers that have been GLUED TOGETHER with polyester or epoxy "glue".
I've got a bakelite tool that was epoxied together around 1967 with "PC-7" brand epoxy, and that's still as solid as it was back then. The same epoxy is still on the market.
I know this isn't a C&C, I just mention them to point out that a commonly respected builder has a common problem which doesn't bother owners. As to why the filler falls out...let's just say fillers don't fall out unless something works them out. Common rumour is that the C&C keels flex and that is why the filler works out. After all, airplane wings also are designed to flex, and that doesn't mean they are going to fall off. Willows flex, oaks break, right?
Compared to some other boats, the keel/hull attachments on a lot of C&Cs look outright flimsy. Still, no one worries about them, they don't fall off. They just, apparently, flex a bit more. Wouldn't stop me from sailing on one.
Last edited by hellosailor; 02-23-2007 at 05:37 PM.