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Inspection of Gib Sea 123

I am about to inspect a Gib Sea 123. The owner informs me that the keel bolts are encased in resin and cannot be inspected. Is this common in yachts. I thought they had to be visible to be checked and tightened if necessary. This a 1986 vintage and it worries me that these bolts may never have been serviced . Any gib Sea owners know about this?
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While not a Gib'Sea owner, I'd say that it isn't all that unusual to see the bolts covered with resin or even fiberglassed over...
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This may have been the practice of Gib-sea... I recall looking at mid-30ft model of a similar vintage that had the same.
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I have a Gib sea 114 from 1982 and the keel bolts are encased in resin and cannot be inspected. I would like to have some suggestions about how to deal with this problem too.
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We recently had a look at a Jeanneau 11.50 that was the same. I'd think you'd have decent success with a zip blade and a mini grinder (or possibly a dremel) to cut the glass around/over the bolts.. in this case it all stood proud of the bilge/hull.

It will make an unholy mess, though, and dust everywhere....
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Not really if you are careful. Hold a vacuum next to the Dremel bit. I find the fiberglass cutting wheels work well - ideally on a flex drive.
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