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Fairing The Keel
When my 1977 24 was pulled last fall and set on the trailer I noticed a hairline crack at the hull/keel joint. The boat is slightly crooked on the trailer which seems to me may have put additional pressure on the keel. I don't know if the crack opened in the water or after it was set on the trailer. The keel was fair last spring.
1. What should I use to fill the crack before applying bottom paint?
2. Something flexible or hard?
3. Should I open it up (form a v-groove) before fairing?
4. Should I torque the keel bolts on the trailer or in the water?
I'd guess the crack could open again if I wait to torque in the water.
I have learned that keel bolts should be torqued on the hard.
Torqued keel bolts
Filled hairline crack at keel/hull joint with 5200
Rolled on VC 17m
I'll see how it looks in the fall.
Last edited by Chas H; 06-21-2014 at 10:47 AM.
Reason: Job Done