Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: St Petersburg, Florida
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'88 PS 31 keel bolts dilemma
I am very excited to have picked up Little Wing an '88 Crealock 31.
She will require extensive systems work which is well underway.
I removed the fuel tank to paint the bilge and tune up the tank which we have made serviceable for a while longer.
The boat sat for a few years(?) with water over the lowest two keel bolts.
Those two, out of ten, bolts(nuts) are showing corrosion.
They were cut flush and peened at the factory.
Nigel Caulder likes removable keel bolts. I'm assuming these are not removable.
They are not not visible/inspect-able once the tank is in.
Looking for opinions on wether I should:
-Wire brush and ospho and leave to breath and keep the bilge as dry as possible.
-Do the above and paint.
-Dig around nut and backing plate, brighten the bolt, replace the nut and backing plate then bring up in epoxy and paint to theoretically seal.
Any and all thoughts would be appreciated.
Not sure if pictures are allowed or work but by chance they are and do, here is one below.
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Last edited by Gomez; 07-07-2014 at 06:41 PM.
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