I would like to have some feed back about something :
I was considering a boat (about 25 foot) where the owner was putting epoxy in the front of the keel where it joins the hull. When I asked if it comes from a grounding, he said that no, but since the boat was more than 30 years old this is usual that you need to consolidate that area.
I suppose it makes sense, but I expect normal tear to worm out the join everywhere, not only forward.
What do you think ?
A well engineered and constructed boat will not
routinely see a keel separating from the hull. Calling it a "smile" (or a frown) does not change this or make it acceptable.
Look for damage around the keel nuts inside if the keel hit a hard bottom. This can also cause the rear of the keel to push up and fracture parts inside, as well.
If, OTOH, the whole hull layup is weak enough to let the keel weight pull down at any point due to hull flexing, the repair will involve strengthening the whole attachment area.
Some production boats had some plywood incorporated into the sump area as bearing material for the keel nuts and washers, and that wood rotted over the years. Dropping the keel and building up the inside should fix that situation.
One other part of preventative maintenance that should be mentioned, is that it's good to drop the keel for inspection of the "bolts" every 15 to 20 years.
What make n model is this boat?