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One of the scariest problems for people new to boats who are looking to buy used is knowing what IS a serious problem and what only LOOKS like a serious problem. As said above, this falls into that second category but having a resource like SailNet is a sure fire way to be darn sure before putting down those greenbacks. Better to be sure than to be regretful.
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I just replaced my Beneteau First 345 Keel Bolts

Well, this thread is more than a year old, but I thought I'd add some recently acquired wisdom.

I just finished replacing the keel bolts in my recently-purchased First 345.

The heads looked *much* worse than in Fodder's pictures. MUCH worse.

The bolts were fine and they came out stubbornly, but they came out. The toughest part was breaking them loose, both because of sealant under them and also because I had to grind the heads back into a hex shape - they were puddles of rust.

But the shanks of the bolts were perfect, with only one slight exception; a bolt next to the mast step that must have leaked around the sealant.

After replacing five of them (one at a time) with brute strength and a 30" breaker bar, I switched to a rented 3/4" impact wrench driven by compressor. It was a great move. Every one came out easily with the impact wrench.

Beneteau has instructions. They are good - follow them!

The project is entirely doable. Don't be scared off by the gloom and doomers who have replied to this thread.
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agreed. Impact wrench is the way to go.
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Re: Rusty Keel Bolts - How bad is it?

Hi, could you possibly e-mail mecopies of Beneteau's procedures for replacing the bolts?

While I am a new number of the forum it is not possible to send you a PM

Thank you in advance

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The keel bolts on a Beneteau First screw into the keel. While the heads may appear wasted, given the snaps you have posted, they are not unusual for the yacht's age. A couple of wacks with a maul on the top of the bolts to dislodge the larger rust and little work with a wire brush chucked into your drill will clean them up well enough for you to loosen and pull the bolts. That can be done one-bolt-at-a-time in the water, the process recommended by Beneteau, or, shoreside during a haul-out if you're the nervous type. If you will PM me with your email address I will forward copies of Beneteau's procedures for replacing the bolts. Once the new bolts are in place, they should be thoroughly coated with a moisture barrier as described in their literature but it's not a big deal. You'll do fine.

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Re: Rusty Keel Bolts - How bad is it?

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Hi, could you possibly e-mail mecopies of Beneteau's procedures for replacing the bolts?

While I am a new number of the forum it is not possible to send you a PM

Thank you in advance

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George--Have a look at (click on): Beneteau Keel Bolt Replacement
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Re: Rusty Keel Bolts - How bad is it?

@ svHyLyte,
Hi, I have a First 305. My bolts look exactly as the one you showed in the pictures of Fodder. They make me nervous.
As I am a new visitor, I am only allowed to send a PM after 20 posts. This is my first one
Would you be so kind and provide me with the Beneteau replacement procedure description. Please send them to tijmenkok@zonnet.nl
Thanks in advance, Tijmen Kok
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Re: Rusty Keel Bolts - How bad is it?

Keelbolts really are fascinating, they seem to be a pretty decisive factor in terms of boat safety. Once your keel has gone you have had it. I wonder how much of the damage occurs from inside the boat (specifically water in the bilges) as opposed to due to external factors. I can't really imagine that looking at the condition of the top of the bolts or the nuts is going to tell you that much about the risks that bolt failures actually present.
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Re: Rusty Keel Bolts - How bad is it?

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@ svHyLyte,
Hi, I have a First 305. My bolts look exactly as the one you showed in the pictures of Fodder. They make me nervous.
As I am a new visitor, I am only allowed to send a PM after 20 posts. This is my first one
Would you be so kind and provide me with the Beneteau replacement procedure description. Please send them to tijmenkok@zonnet.nl
Thanks in advance, Tijmen Kok
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The Beneteau keel bolt replacement file is reproduced in its entirety in post #22 at Beneteau Keel Bolt Replacement Discussion.
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Re: Rusty Keel Bolts - How bad is it?

Just so's you all know - THIS is what bad keel bolts (studs) from an iron keel look like.
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