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keel bolts on a P323
Pearson 323, keel stepped mast. The mast sits on a plate and the plate is held in with four long threaded bolts heading down into the keel. These bolts are about ¼”, pretty rusted, and one of them is used as a bonding/lightning ground. The bolts protrude about 9” above the bilge floor.
My question is: do these bolts go all the way down to the metal ballast? How far down do they go? Why so thin on the bolts? How hard to replace? Is it possible that these bolts are threaded onto a sleeve of sorts and the sleeve goes down to the ballast? Thanks