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I'm new to sailing and have questions. I looked at a 71 Westerly Warwick and there was a crack ( not a gap, just a line) where the keel ballast and keel proper joined. Should this be a concern of water intrusion to the bolts that hold the ballast? The inside of the boat was dry and looked good, including the end of the bolts and the nuts. Is it okay too seal the crack, and if so how? I'll appreciate any responses but it will probably be along time before I'm able to answer any questions.
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There is a very active owners association in the UK.

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Not familiar with the constuction details of that boat, but that is a common situation on boats with attached keels.
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Thanks for the replys. I had found the association but thought it cost $42 to ask a question. I looked again and found an "email group" there where i could ask my question. It seems like this would be a similar situation on many boats but was wondering if this is a particular problem with 40 year old Westerlys or no real concern.
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Theres a fairly lively Westerly discussion group at Westerly-Owners@yahoogroups.com
I own a 1975 Westerly Centaur and the one I,m certain of is that Westerly built solid dependable boats.
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Should not be a concern if the inside bolts look good. There is a seam there so not unusual it will be apparent. I used Gluv-It to seal my keels and the seam between them and the glass hull. Painted over. Worked very well.

Westerly's are great boats.
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Thanks for the response, quite reassuring.
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Re: westerly warwick

I've just relaunched my westerly Warwick which I purchased a few weeks ago, was told it'd been out on the hard fo two seasons but turned out not quite true, actually around 10 years on the hard, previous owner had put mild steel spacers under the keel nuts which had rusted to nothing allowing the keels to swing and leak badly, 3 day's off stripping out rusty spacers and refitting stainless nuts and washers using mated bitumen as a sealing agent and a 3ft breaker bar, and even after a bad lift by the yards operator that dragged the boat 2 ft sideways on it's keels did no more than crack the sealer and antifoul at the rear joint where there are no actual studs, gave the areas a scrap and some mastic and launched after lunch today, keels are solid and bone dry, only slight dripping from the sink seacock at the hose connection That a strong attack on the jubilee clip sorted, actually spending first night aboard tonight with my 2 Labradors at Fambridge yacht haven in Essex, on the pontoon for a few nights just to make sure all's good then out on her permanent swing mooring and sailing at every opportunity, for a 21.6ft yacht it's plenty big enough for my needs and I can stand up being only 5ft 7in so all in all the very tatty looking sorry full Warwick that I only paid 1200 for with a 2004 Yanma 10 that's been used twice and started first turn has with a lot of hard work been transformed into a very nice boat with it's original gel coat still looking good, I've only got a main and head sail though as the previous owner never actually sailed the boat just motored up and down the river a couple of times, any cheep second hand sails going including spinnaker jennaker and storm even needing repair please mail me
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