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When they went to drop the keel they were able to turn the front nut by hand (this one was under the mast, or i would have figured it out on the water). He said when lift the boat off the keel it was like taking your foot out of shoe. It slipped right off, no wedges or anything needed. There was essentially no caulk left in the joint anywhere. There is no fiberglass damage and he is still kinda baffled by where i see the leak, but the only culprit seems to be the keel based on what i just described. He said the front bolt had definitely been wet, and the plate under the nut was corroded. The bolts all looked fine. They well rebed the keel and hopefully I'm back in the water this weekend. Been bouncing around for two weeks on random boats; Dafour 40, Dafour 36.5, Catalina 30, C&C 30, old 74 Morgan 30 that looks like a tank.... I now know once you have your own boat nothing else is quite as satisfying to sail, even a one year old Dafour 40 that's nicer than my apt....
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Re: Help pinpointing a leak

That's about as good as you could have hoped for! Fair winds and a dry bilge
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Re: Help pinpointing a leak

Excellent news! Sail On
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Re: Help pinpointing a leak

I have to assume that this is great news. Will you get change back from the $3500? You also said that the front bolt was under the mast, I have to assume the surveyor could not see or even get his fingers on it. Did you say anything to him that you can't take back?

Not having found my special boat yet, this kind of thing gives me the willies everytime I think of giving some one the balance in my bank account.

Wishing I were in your shoes, take a nice long down wind leg for me.
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Re: Help pinpointing a leak

My comment is about a surveyor who doesn't remove the floor boards to check under them. I find that incompetent. What did he check then, everything in sight, nothing behind covers? Isn't this why you hire a surveyor, to discover stuff you don't know and protect you from stuff you can't see? The surveyor works for the buyer. I would mention your displeasure about that. I have a friend who bought a boat recently who hired a surveyor with a reputation for aggressively evaluating a boat and her system. The seller refused to allow the surveyor onboard. My friend didn't buy the boat. Guess what the seller was trying to hide? A major area of deterioration on the hull. Sheesh! Just my $.02 worth. Interview and get reviews of prospective surveyors.

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Thanks for all the help and support guys! As to the surveyor, my main concern was that he may have missed a repair on the keel because of the odd setup of the aft bolt, but the yard tells me as baffled as he is by it he couldn't see any evidence it had ever been dropped before, visually or in the yards files. The cost sounds like it will be right on $3500. They aren't charging for the mast step, that's a big help.
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Re: Help pinpointing a leak

I seem to recall one wise poster on this thread who advised this as a DIY job, despite the crowd's criticism of his suggestion, it appears he was absolutely correct!
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I would have loved to make this a DIY project just for the experience, i have friends who have undertaken much more involved boat projects and would love to help, but I'm willing to pay so i can spend my time sailing the boat this summer as opposed to fixing it on weekends. I have no doubt she'll present plenty of winter projects for me on haul out
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