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10-23-2016 01:08 PM
Chas H
Re: Fairing The Keel

Well, if the gap continued to get worse even after torquing the keel bolts and a season of sailing I would certainly take a deeper look. The gap has not increased (it is just a hairline crack) and I have learned a few things about the issue in the past few years. I am comfortable with my current maintenance plan.

One thing I wish I had done while it was still hanging from the travelift at haulout is inspect the keel.
- CH
10-22-2016 04:32 PM
Re: Fairing The Keel

Yup, they ask questions and give they're own answers. Then become smart a$$es.
10-22-2016 08:25 AM
Chas H
Re: Fairing The Keel

If the keel falls off then I'll check the bolts.
- CH
10-21-2016 09:50 AM
Re: Fairing The Keel

Tightening is not checking..,.
10-20-2016 10:58 PM
Re: Fairing The Keel

Well Chas you are not the only boat owner to deal with the occasional "smile" that can appear at the hull/keel joint. There is a thing known as the "Catalina smile" which is what you describe but on Catalina boats, of which there are quite a few. Catalina is not the sole owner of the "smile" either as many other brands can suffer from the same maintenance issue.

At least you are checking the keel bolts which counts for a lot.
10-20-2016 06:49 PM
Chas H
Re: Fairing The Keel

I torque SS keel bolts (80 foot pounds) each spring before launch. They were not loose last spring.
- CH
10-20-2016 01:38 AM
Re: Fairing The Keel

Without inspecting the hull/keel joint as Denise says you could still try to "blindly" tighten the keel bolts, if you can. It is pretty expensive to do "the right thing" here.

Mostly, stick to your plan and go sailing.

10-19-2016 09:24 PM
Chas H
Re: Fairing The Keel

Haulout 10/19/2016
A few wrinkles under VC-17 at haulout. Need to remove more silicone.
Any additional filling needed will be done with 4200.
No additional hull/keel separation.
- CH
04-24-2015 01:46 PM
Chas H
Re: Fairing The Keel

Originally Posted by Beck View Post
Hello Chas -- I have the same condition on my Mirage 27'. If possible, please share the resolution to the issue you describe on this post.
Oliver -
I was pleased to see that the crack was not as big last fall at haulout as it was the year before. I haven't torqued the keelbolts yet this spring as I have been concentrating on rebedding deck hardware, stanchion bases, etc. Launch on April 13 was cancelled due to decision to work on the hard instead of in the slip. (I had hoped I could do some sailing in April.) WI weather has not been cooperative either. My plan is to clean out the silicone caulk, fill the crack with 4200 and touch up with VC-17. I won't get back to work on my boat untill May. I have a 60 foot catamaran tour boat to buff topsides and polish before May 10.
denise030 may have the idea to get the job done right. I can only imagine the expense of having the yard drop a keel and rebed.
04-22-2015 10:21 PM
Re: Fairing The Keel

Boats that old really really need keel bolt and keel stub inspection meaning.. drop the keel. UNLESS you are very lucky and they can be removed inspected one at a time while in the boat. (not reccomended)
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