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i would wonder if whats cracking is just the over lay over the keel ballast, basicly what holds it in place. if its lead under grinding it out till lead was hit then reglass would not be so bad. this would make sense for the water part due to the over lay was probably put on when the hull was already cured so its just a mechanical bond so it would be easy to fail. basicly just the edge of the glass is lifting, i would love to see a pic from back further by about a foot to see more of the area
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He is going to open it up.

Can't take picture further back as it covered with the sole. The owner is going to open it up as most have suggested and I will update for the record. He recalls that there is a significant amount of space (he estimated possibly 5 inches) between the lead and the crack which surprised me. Should be interesting to see! Hope its not it's not serious. He's a good kid, it's a nice boat, and he got it for a great price (unless it's catastrophic )!

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Re: Crack in bilge on E-29

Can anyone fill me in on the final results of the crack. I am doing lots of repairs to an E- 29 and have located a similar crack. I don't see any signs of movement on the exterior and I am hesitant to cut out the sole just to inspect.
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Re: Crack in bilge on E-29

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Can anyone fill me in on the final results of the crack. I am doing lots of repairs to an E- 29 and have located a similar crack. I don't see any signs of movement on the exterior and I am hesitant to cut out the sole just to inspect.
The owner removed his repair, and did a better job of fixing it, though he never got a better opinion on what caused it. I asked him to let me have a look before he filled it in again, but he didn't. If the boat was structurally compromised, other than preventing water intrusion, his repair was strictly cosmetic. Out of sight, out of mind, type of thing. Makes sense when you're 20!
Can you post some pictures here?
I'd also suggest the Ericson owners site. As you probably know, it's a great resource. If you find anything out, please let us know here.
Good luck!

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Re: Crack in bilge on E-29

It appears that the top of the keel was faired in using pieces of lead and filler. Something caused it to expand and crack (probably water). I started a post on the Ericson site there are numerous comments and pictures that will hopefully help some else. Here is the link



Crack Above Keel E-29

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