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Re: A wet bilge is MORE than just a nuisance !

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I do have a bit of "give " in the tiller will the stiffing box fix that too?
Possibly but not likely - that's probably worn bearings.
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A wet bilge is MORE than just a nuisance !

By what I saw on my keel when I dropped it and what Ed H and Maine Sail show in their great pictures the corrosion loss is inside the nuts above the bilge floor. The thickness of the bilge floor being indicated by the white 5200 on the threads. What this means of course is that the bolts can be inspected by removing the nuts while on the hard. Am I missing something here?

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Re: A wet bilge is MORE than just a nuisance !

Dave,

I believe that removing and then re-torquing the keel bolts you would not only be able to inspect the bolts for signs of corrosion, but you would allow oxygen to reach the metal, thus enabling the stainless to develop the film that protects it.

The challenge is getting those big-honkin' bolts off, and on again, within the tight confines of the bilge...
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