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It is best to do the work in a yard that has a travel lift. keep in mind that any reputable yard will require taking down the rig before removing the big heavy counterweight at the bottom of the boat. after removing the mast, you will want to remove the fasteners from the inside of the hull and have the travel lift come pick the boat off of the keel and set it down beside it on boat stands. the dificult part may be seperating the keel from the hull enough to drive wedges in between the keel and hull. two years ago I tried to remove my iron keel from my coronado 41 to change keel bolts and rebed/reseal the keel. I had severe corrosion all over the exposed areas of the keel. with the nuts removed from the keel bolts I had the travel lift pick up the boat, but the keel came with it. the 34 year old sealant held the keel in place so well the faring compound didn't even crack when we tilted the boat at a 45 degree angle. I had no choice but to have the keel sand blasted in place and re-sealed without accessing the top. but my story is diferent, my keel was not leaking, I just wanted to go the extra mile.
WARNING: trying to use bottle jacks to raise the boat off its keel is very dangerous and could kill even the most attentive and competent shipwright. if you value your life, hire a travel lift.
Last edited by svthefilthywhore; 01-05-2009 at 09:51 PM.