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Re: What is a "Catalina smile" in regards to the Keel?
Part of the "Catalina" reference is because Catalina sailboats of a certain vintage suffered especially severe separation. The reason for this was that they encapsulated a wood block into the keel stub. Over time, as stresses caused the keel bolts to wiggle a bit, and the polyester resin to crack slightly, water ultimately intruded into the wood, leading to rot. As the wood spacer rotted, the keel would sink a bit, leading to separation between the keel and the keel stub.
Catalina ultimately abandoned the use of wood spacers in the keel stub, and many owners of the older boats have removed the wood and filled the space in with epoxy.
I do not know exactly what model years were affected. I know that my boat was built well after Catalina abandoned use of wood in the keel stub. You'll have to do some research to find what years had the wood in the keel stub.
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)