Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Neicy hasn't described the type of keel he has. I had a similar situation after buying my boat with a 5,500 lb lead shot ballast, fiberglass encapsulated, modified fin keel. My surveyor detected high moisture readings in two isolated pockets, close to the bottom and recommended drilling and draining the voids - then filling with epoxy.
The yard that applied a barrier coat to the hull did the work, under climate controlled inside conditions, allowing a few weeks for draining after drilling several holes - then inserting plastic dowels into the drillholes, sealed with West System epoxy.
Upon haulout after the first season, the plugged holes weeped - so I drilled, allowed to drain all winter, resealing with WS epoxy before bottom painting again. I believe the problem is fixed, since no further weepage has occured . . . but I monitor the condition closely.
True Blue . . .
sold the Nauticat