Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Portland, OR
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weeping keel bolts
If you seal those leaks from the inside, you will trap seawater around the threads of your (stainless?) keel bolts. In the absence of oxygen, corrosion is a given, and early failure a possibility. This would be "a very bad thing".......
You do really need to drop the keel, check the bolts, and rebed with 5200. Then torque ''em down properly. This often involves a large socket and 4 foot breaker bar.
I went throuth this on my 34 foot sloop; it turned out that my bolts were OK, and that the factory had not cleaned off all the mold release wax from the mating area when they joined the keel and hull.
Dry bilge since the keel was properly reattached.
Good luck on solving your leak.