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FWIW, I've never seen a C&C smile on the EARLY GENERATIONs of C&Cs that weeped, mine would be damp for a few days after hauling, then was dry. Any moisture in the smile would be seperated from keel bolts by 8-10 inches of in place sealant and I never heard of anyone needing to drop a keel or replacing keel bolts (doesn't mean it never happened...). As far as the keels on those boats, I always felt as safe as I would be standing on the Rock of Gibralter (almost as solid as a CS...).
The newer generation boats where cored hulls and high aspect keels were introduced are a whole different subject, as they were as fragile as most other boats of similar design and construction, and I personally would never consider one (whether C&C or other).
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Last edited by sailingfool; 08-01-2008 at 12:11 PM.