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Re: What happens if you just ignore a rusty keel
Originally Posted by davidpm
If you have an iron keel that has a tendency to rust what happens if every year you just chip off the loose stuff. Wire brush what you can and bottom paint.
It will get worse and worse of course but what it the worst that will happen?
It will look nasty.
It will not be smooth so will slow the boat down a 10th of a knot.
I don't think you will loose enough iron in 10 years to cause any ballast issues.
The keel is not going to fall off.
Can you think of any other down side to ignoring the rough keel.
It will continue to rust and get scabbier and lumpier.
It will slow you down a lot more than 1/10th.
It will require a lot of nasty work every year just to keep it in SOME kind of shape.
It very well MIGHT fall off - see the attached pic of what was somehow holding my iron keel on when I bought the boat.
I included a pic of what I replaced it with.
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