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Keel construction? - Ericson 32-2

My son and I are rebuilding a 32-2 that he bought for $1.00. The boat slipped its mooring and stove up on the rocks. The dozen or so holes are now patched nicely but there seems to be a large hollow section aft of the lead ballast in the keel- is this normal? At various times throughout repairs tiny round lead shot would roll out from the gash in the bottom of the keel - I assumed that this was poured in over the top after the lead was set into the keel hollow, to bed the lead. The question is; was there a hollow section in the keel aft of the lead? Was it filled with shot? That would be a very large volume.

I assume if I leave it empty, it will inevitably fill with water and then freeze when we pull the boat each winter - causing a catastrophic blow out.

Should we fill it with low expansion foam? Lead shot? There is a big difference for ballast effect here. Does anyone know how it was originally constructed?

Thanks so much.

Jay and Ebben
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Lightbulb Re: Keel construction? - Ericson 32-2

AFAIK, there was a solid piece of shaped lead lowered into the keel cavity in the hull. But I have never worked on a 32-2.

I suggest you register and post your question over at the owners' site, EricsonYachts.org: The Starting Point on Ericson Yachts!. There are quite a few owners of sister ships there.

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Re: Keel construction? - Ericson 32-2

Thanks loren. I tried the site last week but it was down. Now it looks like they have it sailing again. I posted my question there as well.

J & E
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