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C&C "smile", crack at the stub/keel joint... problem?
My father is about to purchase a 1982 C&C 32. The boat is in excellent condition, with the exception of this crack:
OK, the photo will follow, having trouble posting it right now. But it's pretty simple, it's a crack in the bottom paint from the leading edge of the keel back about 1 foot along the keel stub/keel joint (where the glass meets the lead). As far as I can see, it is about 1/16 inch wide at the most, possibly even less. I can't tell how deep the crack goes without chipping many layers of old bottom paint.
I imagine that checking the keel bolt tension is in order, then maybe some caulking (4200 or life caulk?) at the crack, would fix this, it's not really a big fix. Am I right about that?
It's gonna go in the water in a few days, I was thinking to simply wait until the winter haulout to address this issue. The keel has been on there for 30 years, I can't imagine it will fall off now. I checked all the keel bolts inside, they are clean and rust free. Am I seriously risking a major structural failure by waiting for the end of the season to check the tension in the bolts and re-caulk?
I read Don Casey's article on keel re-bedding, and it seems a re-bed might eventually be in order, but being a lead keel this may be extremely difficult. He seems to say that, if it's really tough and there are no actual structural failures, it is often best to just leave well enough alone. Thoughts?