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Re: Do all Beneteaus have iron keels?

Googling "iron keel" brings up a lot of maintenance issues and lots of work. It seems the rust likes to form at the keel/hull joint.

It just sounds like a lot of added expense and headache. I do really like some the Beneteau layouts (361 specifically) but shy away due not wanting the iron keel.
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Re: Do all Beneteaus have iron keels?

There's a lot of cr@p on most topics on the web.
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Re: Do all Beneteaus have iron keels?

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Googling "iron keel" brings up a lot of maintenance issues and lots of work. It seems the rust likes to form at the keel/hull joint.

It just sounds like a lot of added expense and headache. I do really like some the Beneteau layouts (361 specifically) but shy away due not wanting the iron keel.
Do yourself a favor, go buy the blinking thing, ignore the nay sayers, along with you can now join the "sailnet ignoramous club" Master Denby is the highest of ignoramous commodores...

that is once you own and iron keel boat that you like of course!

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Re: Do all Beneteaus have iron keels?

No offense meant to someone with an iron keel.
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Re: Do all Beneteaus have iron keels?

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No offense meant to someone with an iron keel.
I've owned both. From a pure performance standpoint lead is obviously best - depleted uranium would be even better.

Iron has practical benefits that can't be overlooked - the ease of checking & replacing fasteners being near the top. It's virtually impossible for an amateur to do it with lead and even few pro's can handle it.

It doesn't get chewed up like lead when you hit bottom.

Once it's sealed with epoxy it's no more of a maintenance hassle than lead. Sealing it is no more difficult than putting a good finish on a lead keel.

Classifying it as a deal killer is limiting yourself through simple prejudice based on trash talk, not real factors.
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Re: Do all Beneteaus have iron keels?

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No offense meant to someone with an iron keel.
None taken. Suit yourself, if you prefer lead. Captain makes the rules.

However, if maintenance is your concern, I think you're mistaken. Both have maintenance gotchas. Grinding and recoating a few rust patches, now and then, would be among the simpler boat maintenance issues I recall. Even rebedding the keel joint isn't a big deal. Both are easily done when bottom painting.
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Re: Do all Beneteaus have iron keels?

Thanks that's the perspective I was looking for! My concern was adding additional expense to every bottom job for an iron keel.
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Re: Do all Beneteaus have iron keels?

I think of all the worries about a sailboat this one should be down on the list. As long as it has been maintained it should not be a huge issue. It is a big deal once, but once you get it done right you should be OK. I think there was a big post of Sail Chick's adventure with her keel. I think she has had some issues, with reoccurring rust. But I have not seen her post much lately so I am not sure if she has had anymore.
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Re: Do all Beneteaus have iron keels?

I think the "Horror" stories generate from a previously owned boat that was NOT well maintained, Including Chick's.
Bene505, Brad also has some stories to tell.
But, if you keep up with it, it should not be an issue.
Finding a boat that is neglected should be the deal breaker. If the keel has been ignored than yes I understand that.
And those that have iron keels should maintain them just like any other system. If you don't, your resale value is going to take a big hit.

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And BTW, I have about 10,000 photos of a 361 if you want to see them.
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Re: Do all Beneteaus have iron keels?

One of the benefits of iron is that after sanding your keel down to bare metal, you can always weld more metal onto it to fill any rust eaten hulls. This also works for any missing "chunks" taken out from groundings. You can then grind it back smooth and prep with modern paints and sealers and go on your way
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