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01-02-2007 11:00 AM
hooyasailor
Quote:
Originally Posted by Goodnewsboy
A cast iron keel in that size may be light enough to be removed from the boat and brought to a sandblast facility. If it can be thoroughly cleaned, then you can remove or drill out the old bolts and perhaps tap for new.

When you are working with clean cast iron, it can be coated with epoxy primer and something like VC Tar or Interprotect that will smooth it up and prevent future corrosion.

Good keel bolts are peace of mind when sailing hard.
Hey! Goodnewsboy,
Thanks for the reply! Sounds logical. I've never done a task like this, looks like I've got my work cut out for me, not an easy one at that. I've been on the boat all weekend and nothing is going to be easy on this repair job. Every time I get into completing one thing, two new "most do's" pop up. I should get to sail her in a couple of months. What ever, all this has given me the name for my new/old Clipper Marine. "TOO MUCH' that's her new name. Fortunately the previous owner had not named her, so I will not have to contind with the neptun gods and going through the name change ritual. thanks again for the details.
Fair winds,
Hooyasailor
12-29-2006 12:00 PM
Goodnewsboy A cast iron keel in that size may be light enough to be removed from the boat and brought to a sandblast facility. If it can be thoroughly cleaned, then you can remove or drill out the old bolts and perhaps tap for new.

When you are working with clean cast iron, it can be coated with epoxy primer and something like VC Tar or Interprotect that will smooth it up and prevent future corrosion.

Good keel bolts are peace of mind when sailing hard.
12-29-2006 10:41 AM
hooyasailor
Great Info - Thanks

Sailormon6,
This web is great. Good photos of the keel bolts, (Only wish mine looked that good) problem is mine are in really bad condition. One bolt is almost completely gone from rust. I've got a big job ahead, but thanks for your input, now I'll be letting you know when you should come over, so we can get started on replacing these rusted keel nuts. By the way,,, do you have a good heavy duty side grinder you can bring alone. see ya in a couple months, after I get her back into the water.
hooyasailor

ps. Thanks to the other tips, "bees wax" werebeagle; hellosailor; pigslo,, OH YES,, We'll be expecting all you guys over for this tesk, it should-outta go quickly that way. You sure are a great gang to offer to help out this way.

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http://www.catalina-capri-25s.org/fo...erms=keel+bolt[/quote]
12-28-2006 12:10 AM
werebeagle And if you need a good cheap supply of beeswax, just go to the local home improvement store and buy a toilet wax ring.

Charlie
12-27-2006 06:20 PM
Sailormon6 hooyasailor, go to the following website for a discussion on replacing keel bolts in a cast iron keel on a Catalina 25. If your keels are cast iron, the process should be about the same. For more specific info, join the forum and ask the members. There's no charge and you don't have to own a Catalina to join.

http://www.catalina-capri-25s.org/fo...erms=keel+bolt
12-27-2006 05:00 PM
hellosailor Nuts are often made of inferior metals, not the same stainless or bronze that keel bolts are. And, even with stainless nuts, sometimes plain steel washers are used with them.

So you might want to use a nut cracker, or a Dremel tool, to split off just one keel bolt NUT ONLY, from the center of one of your keels. Then use some rust remover to clean up the keel bolt, and see if the bolt itself is a problem--or just the nut.

If the nuts are the only problem, remove them and replace them one at a time. Check for the size of the nuts and make sure to retorque the new ones to the proper torque range. I'd apply a generous amount of threaed lock (LocTite) to lock and seal the threads, then apply a generous coat of something like beeswax over the whole, to waterproof it. (Easy to remove for inspection, sticks well, durable enough, cheap.)
12-27-2006 03:15 PM
hooyasailor
Quote:
Originally Posted by avant
http://67.123.120.75/~mike/CM26/Keel/

seems fairly complete . . .
THANKS, for the info/web site. PROBLEM, Mine is a twin keel, not a swing keel. I can see that Mike had a fairly easy project with his boat. I am afraid my job will be much more complicated and probability four times the work. I'm still looking if you have anything as good as this for twin keels, fixed cast iron.
hooyasailor
12-27-2006 03:02 PM
hooyasailor
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sailormon6
Does it have a fixed or swing keel? Is the keel cast iron or lead or other?
Sailormon6,
Clipper Marine MK23, She is a twin keel boat, draws about 24 in of water. The bilge (What there is of it) is only about four to six inches deep. The nuts holding the keel bolts are almost rusted off. This boat was a recent "Gift". I have been fixer-up'n it for the past two months. Actually, the boat is in really good shape, after a good cleaning. However, I am concerned about the seaworthness of the vessel, what with the bolts in the bad condition they are. I'm just looking for comments from fo;ks that have tackled this type of problem. Thanks for your reply,
hooyasailor
12-27-2006 02:32 PM
Sailormon6 Does it have a fixed or swing keel? Is the keel cast iron or lead or other?
12-27-2006 02:25 PM
pigslo
keel bolts

you can also do a search on sailnet as this topic has been extensively covered
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