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need help and advice -mid cruise keel crack
We're headed to honduras in a recently purchased 1969 36' C&C Frigate. She's been a great boat, and took us across from Florida to San Pedro in 6 days! The issue is once we arrived here and took a bit of respite from the norte's causing the gulf current to stack up 8' against 30-40kt winds was after doing a routine dive on the hull we've got a 8" vertical crack in our keel, from the bottom up, about an inch wide in the lead. I'm not sure how to proceed. I don't have photos yet but i'm working on it. it's from the base of the keel vertically up 8" or so, on both sides, and about 3/4" - 1" wide.
I imagine when we got into the interesting weather situation a preexisting crack from a previous grounding must have worked open as the boat flexed in the swell.
I can keep it in calm water and get to rio dulce, or if I can find out this is going to sail I can continue to utila and do the ~80m crossing, and then get to rio dulce later as planned and pull the boat. It made it across the gulf of mexico, the yucatan current, and a series of whuppings so far.
I know this isn't good, I'm trying to find out what I need to do to get it repaired. what is a guy at a yard going to tell me needs to be done? I just bought the boat a week ago, it's officially for sale now, not that it'll be easy to sell after this, but yeah... there's a crack in my keel. not good. all advice is appreciated, we're forced to leave on monday due to our visa limitations, so we're scrambling.
Thank You for any advice,