I noticed some rust around the painted nuts securing the keel bolts on my 1984 Jeanneau Atalia. I informally consulted a surveyor who suggested rather than paying him $$ (really, quite an honest guy), I remove them one by one to inspect them. If they were found to be rust free, he suggested that the rust was probably from the nut/plate.
He suggested a 1984 french boat would not have used stainless, however I have records from a prior owner showing that they were replaced in the late 1990's with stainless.
Unfortunately, they are of the type without a bolt head (i.e., threaded throughout their length) so I could not remove them. I did remove the nut and the bolt under it seemed quite pristine. There is a metal backing plate.
The bilge is quite dry.
I tried to attach a photo of the two bolts in question, but although Sailnet says i may
attach files, everytime i try i get "attachment fails". So, they can be viewed at:
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I know very little about keel bolts and was hoping to never need to.
My questions are
1. given these are stainless steel, no rust on the actual bolt, should I still be worried?
2. Can these headless keel bolts be easily removed?
I have reviewed the previous posts regarding keel bolts.
thanks profusely in advance.