Mud Hen #69, Mad Hatter
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Upstate NY
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My Catalina never smiled. Well, maybe a slight Mona Lisa smirk. ;-) Neither did my Pearson.
Don't think it's limited to Catalinas. I've seen "smiles" on Tartans, C&C's, Newports, older Hunters . . . one Sabre we looked at was practically laughing out loud. At least it's a real keel and not heavy junk poured into a hollow fiberglass keel and cemented in place. Anything with a bolted on keel can flex a bit from mating dissimilar materials of lead and fibreglass. The important thing is that it is not allowing water to the keelbolts. You can route it out and fair it with F27 or another good filler if the appearance bothers you.
29 years and you're worried because she's developed laugh-line? Normal wear & tear. If you know anyone with a moisture meter you can let it sit on the hard a month and check the area above the lead keel.
Charlie P. Mud Hen 17 #69 Mad Hatter
To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive - R.L. Stevenson
I suspect that, if you should go to the end of the world, you would find somebody there going farther . . . - H.D. Thoreau