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Re: Keel grounded : gelcoat crack advice
Welcome to SailNet! What make boat? Looks fairly new! You could seal the gel coat by removing the nut and washer off one at a time. (so you don't loose the keel to shoe stub joint. You could also use that as an opportunity to get or have made LARGE washers or plates to distribute the load when you re-install the nuts.
This is just suggestions from reading what others have done.. My boat doesn't have keel bolts
Denise is right - I'd make up the largest backing plates that would fit in the relevant spaces. I have never understood why manufacturers hang keels on simple washers but winches and other deck hardware have big, honking backing plates. The traveller mounts on my boat have backing plates 10X the size of those keel fasteners.
I've attached a pic of what I made up for the 10,000 Lb. keel on my 43'. The pieces of S/S channel are 2" X 4" X 24" - there are 5 of them, eaching spanning a pair of bolts.
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Last edited by SloopJonB; 05-15-2012 at 11:16 AM.