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09-09-2013 11:41 AM
Re: Keel Bolt Questions from new owner

Thanks Bob. The current plan is to cut off the extra threads so there is no contact and apply gelcoat to the tops. Then I get to fix all the cracks the installer left behind. However, the end is in sight. The launch day is next Wednesday.
09-09-2013 07:07 AM
Re: Keel Bolt Questions from new owner

Is your fuel tank aluminum? My 1992 PSC 34 is and if bilge water can complete the circuit with your SS keel bolts you may get pitting in the tank. I pulled my tank and had to have plates welded onto my tank. I then epoxied over the bolts in a way similar to what you show in your photos. I think that's an excellent way to prevent a bimetal reaction.

Bob Steneck
Alaria PSC 34
Christmas Cove, Maine
09-04-2013 09:26 AM
Re: Keel Bolt Questions from new owner

I havenít figured out how to level the bilge yet.* To be effective, the bilge would have to gently slope from aft to forward.* The problem is doing this without adversely affecting something else.* This could probably be done with glass, but I donít have any experience with that. *Another project for another day.* My immediate problem is fixing the mess the guy made when he re-gelcoated the area under the tank.* The first application cracked in several places.* I suspect it was applied too thick, got too hot, shrunk up and cracked.* His fix was to lay in some more gelcoat which also has some hairline cracks.* I donít want to just keep laying in gelcoat.* I think grinding out and fixing each crack is the best thing to do at this point.* *
09-03-2013 09:35 PM
Ken PSC37 Atlas
Re: Keel Bolt Questions from new owner

Sorry, I haven't scraped the gel coat off yet. I figured this was a better winter job, and didn't want to start on it during the season. If I do it this winter I'll take some pictures.

Did you relocate your bilge or set it up differently to get it to drain completely? I've got the same issue and if I redo the area, I'm going to find some way to lower the pump.
08-30-2013 09:33 PM
Re: Keel Bolt Questions from new owner

Did you take any pics after you cleaned out the gelcoat? I would be interested in seeing what the area in the glass around the keel bolts looked like.
06-27-2013 02:03 AM
Re: Keel Bolt Questions from new owner

I'll keep the copper, but the half inch of gelcoat/5200 under the bilge pump won't go back. The pump suction was so high that the bilge area under the tank never drained. Check out the pic. There has to be a better way to mount the pump.
06-26-2013 10:50 PM
Re: Keel Bolt Questions from new owner

The Pacific Seacraft installed SSB counterpoise works really well.

As it is already installed I would keep it.

Marc Hall
Crazy Fish, Crealock 37, Hull 207
Crazy Fish - Maintaining, Upgrading and Sailing a Crealock 37
06-26-2013 06:47 PM
Re: Keel Bolt Questions from new owner

It looks to me that the delaminated layers were installed by previous owner when he added the copper for the ssb. I will remove all this staff, clean it and use a kiss cable instead. there is nothing to repair.
06-25-2013 09:09 AM
Re: Keel Bolt Questions from new owner

There is a long lead time on fuel tanks so I would order well in advance. I got the gelcoat off of a few of the bolts. As Thumper predicted they looked fine. I took these shots right after I scrapped them. I still have a lot of work to do in that bilge. As you can see, there is a fair amount of delaminated glass and gelcoat that has to be replaced. If you remove the tank and find the same thing, be careful when removing the glass mat so you don't damage the copper SSB counterpoise. I would also remove all the stuff from the bottom once you get started. Some of it looked ok but was actually wet underneath.
06-19-2013 04:15 PM
Re: Keel Bolt Questions from new owner/ slight drift

Anyone know if 34 and 37 use the same fuel tank?
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