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Old 09-11-2011
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If you want an activity that is guaranteed 100% safe, stay in bed.


You hit the nail on the head!

Time to pull up my big boy pants and get over it!

Thanks all for the advice and support, you guys are great

I just needed some reassurance and support - and it's amazing how quickly you all responded...
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Encapsulated keel?

If your keel was formed by pouring lead into a fiberglass form that is part of the hull then you should worry about it and have it inspected. If it is a separate form and only bolted to the bottom then just inspect the keel bolts well, watch the water level in the bilge for a few days, and if all looks well go sailing without worry. Exterior keels are quite able to absorb a lot of shock without significant damage. I've hit several things over the past 10 years and haven't suffered any real damage. The last time I was several miles off of the coast in the Pacific at midnight. That one really made me nervous for a while.

Good luck and get out there. Cause as Capt Ron says "If it's gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there."
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Wow! Where has the time gone? I have been so preoccupied I forgot to post a follow up on this thread!

Boat came out in October and the keel was FINE! only a minor chip in front. Yep, the lead attached keel is pretty tough!

This season we will exit the channel SLOWLY!
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Happy to hear only minor chip.

Originally Posted by Fstbttms
"If you want an activity that is guaranteed 100% safe, stay in bed."

Not so...friends mom had ceiling fall in on her while in bed!
We got a lot of mileage out of that...
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I used to be the law on Cayuga Lake. What harbor are you based out of?

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Wow! Where has the time gone? I have been so preoccupied I forgot to post a follow up on this thread!

Boat came out in October and the keel was FINE! only a minor chip in front. Yep, the lead attached keel is pretty tough!

This season we will exit the channel SLOWLY!
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I used to be the law on Cayuga Lake. What harbor are you based out of?
We are at Allen Treman State Park in Ithaca... Southernmost tip of the lake.
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That park is gorges!
Glad everything worked out for you.
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We are at Allen Treman State Park in Ithaca... Southernmost tip of the lake.
I was born in Ithaca!*

Small world.


*I was circumcised there, too; hurt so much I didn't walk for a year!
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If your keel was formed by pouring lead into a fiberglass form that is part of the hull then you should worry about it and have it inspected.
My boat has one of those. it's seamless near as I can tell. We've run aground a few times but have never hit a rock or log dead on. there are 2 or 3 massive stringers across the small bilge but there is nothing that indicates some sort of mechanical connection. Someday to find out how it's made, I'm going to Call Rudy at D & R. It seems he's last surviving expert and former employee of Oday.

Merit! go sailing! nice up there where your at!
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All boats are testing the depth of the water every time you move her about.... And we pray that we never find out that the water is less than the keel is deep.

Now either put the boat on the hard or dive on her to inspect her underbody very closely.
May you only find that the paint is scratched somewhat....
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