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Re: Keel repair C&C 32 / keel separation??
Originally Posted by Winner26
A few years ago we struck a rock with our C&C 32. We were going a good pace of about 6 knots and the impact was enough to bring us to a standstill. At the time nothing more than my pride seemed damaged. There was no leaking. I dove on the boat the next day and aside from some crumpling of the lead at the leading edge of the bottom of the keel, there appeared to be no damage. It would appear that the rock was only about 6 inches above the bottom of the keel and the boat "rode up" onto the rock a bit, rather than a full frontal impact.
However since then we've noticed some cracking along the keel/hull joint line. Last year we tried to repair it with an epoxy (I don't recall what) and when pulling the boat from the water that fall, it was obvious the epoxy hadn't held. At the time I wondered if we'd used the wrong epoxy (still a definite possibility) but I'm also wondering if there might be some movement occurring at the keel joint that is causing the epoxy repair to crack.
I've attached some pictures for review. Note the horizontal crack around the entire keel at the joint line.
My two questions are:
1) Opinions as to the crack on the joint line? Does the keel need to be tightened somehow?
2) Recommendations for repairing the damage? I was thinking West System with some 407 low density filler but I'm new to this so am open to suggestions.
Our boat had an encapsulated keel, so I can't speak from experience. However, I suggest you get some good proffesional advice before doing anything. You said no water in the boat, but am wondering if there was/is any visible cracking or seperation in the keel or bulkhead areas inside
Bringing the keel bolts to spec could be a place to start but if they have been stretched or deformed, replacement may be necessary, from what I have read.
Sounds like you took a pretty good hit, all that energy had to be absorbed in the keel/hull area.