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Bristol 24 keel repair
Hey there sailneter's! I am new to your site, and have a new old bristol 24, 1975. So, here's the situation: Boat has been on hard for 3 years (supposedly).seems pretty solid in bulkheads and chainplates, and is mainly complete in terms of hardware and sails and whatnot.
The most immediate issue is the keel. It has an encapsulated keel, with 1 keel bolt rotten in the bilge, and a dull sound on keel outside at same area. I was told that this is a "void" and to drill out area to drain and dry. The area is in the middle and was told it is not a 2 piece lead, which I now doubt. the prob is that I drilled it out and lead was right behind the seperated fiberglass, no "void".
Is there anyone out there who has done this type of work and could give a pointer? My original Idea was to fill drilled holes with epoxy/filler and replace exposed keel bolt. Now I am thinking cut seperated fiberglass out, dry it, fill if neccessary, and re attach fiberglass cutout. I wonder if it is structurly sound or should I add more keel bolts near middle? Also, should I assume that water(black not rusty) entered thru keel bolt as it is still there years later?
Thanks for any Info.