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1976 Islander 28 - Bilge/Keel Bolts/Keel Issue

I am in the process of purchasing a 1976 Islander. I love the boat, but noticed that the keel bolts are very rusty and the keel, when pulled out for survey has extensive cracking along the joint, known by some as a "smile."

Has anyone ever dealt with dropping a keel on one of these boats...the botyard says they may have to do this and and could cost thousands...

Any thoughts.?
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Re: 1976 Islander 28 - Bilge/Keel Bolts/Keel Issue

The price for this boat may be dropped significantly..... I wonder if this damage looks to bad to repair, if I get the boat for a few thousand. this would have to be done at a boatyard.
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Re: 1976 Islander 28 - Bilge/Keel Bolts/Keel Issue

Going by the first photograph it's not that bad Question is. what are your abilities? A boat that old May have A soggy or soft shoe which is the area on the bottom of the bilge the keel bolts to and through many people have done this with out spending thousands

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Re: 1976 Islander 28 - Bilge/Keel Bolts/Keel Issue

If the bolts are bad and the keel is lead it's a big deal to fix - recasting the keel with new bolts is the proper way to do it. A boat that size can be cobbled up with hanger bolts sistered to the originals but it's cobbling it up.

If the keel is iron it's a pretty simple job - pull the old studs and install new.

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Re: 1976 Islander 28 - Bilge/Keel Bolts/Keel Issue

deniseO30 Can you elaborate on what they've done?
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Re: 1976 Islander 28 - Bilge/Keel Bolts/Keel Issue

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deniseO30 Can you elaborate on what they've done?
youtube has all kinds of vids showing this type of work! Basically it's done by the DIYers by having the keel blocked higher and the stands adjusted so the boat stays in place when the bolts are loosened and the keel is down jacked or blocks removed until it's clear to work on. It can be dangerous but it's been done that way quite often. If you and friends and or family don't have the skills don't even try it.

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Re: 1976 Islander 28 - Bilge/Keel Bolts/Keel Issue

The images do not give facts to answer your question. How about some details? First, does the hull leak water through that joint? Second, does the gap change when the hull is lifted (or when keel is lifted - jacked Up toward hull). Third, does the hull distort when the boat is lifted or lowered while the keel is resting.

My boat's keel is well secured, does not leak and I still have a similar cosmetic issue.

I give it some epoxy loving every other season. If the hull is not soft and the keel doesn't move,
I would likely do the same if I owned that boat.

I own a 1979 i28 and have done the repair for a soft hull aft of the keel (she stubbed her toe)...
I also did the repair for the crushed cabin sole under the mast step.
And the shaft strut re-bedding.
And installed new standing rigging.
And new head w/lines and Nauta holding bag.
And 70amp Balmar alternator, BlueSea dual master switch and auto charging relay
And a few Atomic4 upgrades from both Moyer and Indigo.
And a custom rework of the rudder & rudder head with addition of a removable short tiller option -
(for the Raymarine TillerPilot) keeps cockpit clear while making long passages.

I have changed careers and am unable to enjoy the boat.
Anyone looking for a solid i28 with a fresh water history can see it on yachtworld, Milwaukee, wi.
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Re: 1976 Islander 28 - Bilge/Keel Bolts/Keel Issue

The repair is not that unusual, and it can be done by several companies. I Broomfield and Sons in Providence, RI, and Mars Keel (somewhere near the great lakes) are two of them. The keel on my boat was repaired by I Broomfield.

Here is a link to where you can get more information; Keel Bolt Replacement | MarsKeel (Production)


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