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Hull to Keel Repair

Can someone tell me what to use to seal the seam between the hull and the lead keel. Thanks
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Crack at joint?

If it is the crack that develops between the f/g keel stub and an external keel, what worked for me was:

1. Clean up any loose material and let it dry comletely.
2. Fill gap with 5200 and let dry
3. Put a 3" piece of f/g tape over the the gap with epoxy resin (I used West epoxy and tape)
4. Fair and paint.

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Are you sure you don't need to pull the keel? Do you have any pics? Is water weeping in? You wouldn't want to put a bandaid over some serious cancer.......i2f

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Keel Repair

I have never had the boat in the water so I don't know if it leaks. I can see between the keel and the hull for about 6 inches back from the front point of attachment
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Tha tlooks like a lot of seperation. Maybe you should pour water in the bilge, and see what appears outside? I would definately seperate the 2 no matter what. There is a great thread here on this exact subject from about 4 months back. One of the posters had great instructions with pics. If the yard wants to splash this boat with a bandaid on it. I would never return to the yard again.......i2f

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In assessing how to repair the keel/stub joint, it is worth considering that a boat sitting on its keel on the hard, and a boat in the water (or hanging in slings), could present two entirely different situations. I would take a look at the keel/stub joint with the boat in the slings and then figure if a cosmetic or structural repair is needed.

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